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Herbert Clark Hoover

31st President of the United States
(March 4, 1929 to March 3, 1933)

Nickname: None listed.

Born: August 10, 1874, in West Branch, Iowa
Died: October 20, 1964, in New York, New York

Father: Jesse Clark Hoover
Mother: Hulda Randall Minthorn Hoover
Married: Lou Henry (1875-1944), on February 10, 1899
Children: Herbert Clark Hoover (1903-69); Allan Henry Hoover (1907-93)

Religion: Society of Friends (Quaker)
Education: Graduated from Stanford University (1895).
Occupation: Engineer
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • Secretary of Commerce, 1921-23 (under tiny U.S. flag Harding)

  • Secretary of Commerce, 1923-28 (under tiny U.S. flag Coolidge)

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Presidential Election Results:



Popular Votes

Electoral Votes


Herbert C. Hoover




Alfred E. Smith




tiny U.S. flag Franklin D. Roosevelt




Herbert C. Hoover



Vice President: Charles Curtis (1929-33)


Secretary of State

Henry L. Stimson (1929-33)

Secretary of the Treasury

Andrew W. Mellon (1929-32)

Ogden L. Mills (1932-33)

Secretary of War

James W. Good (1929)

Patrick J. Hurley (1929-33)

Attorney General

William DeWitt Mitchell (1929-33)

Postmaster General

Walter F. Brown (1929-33)

Secretary of the Navy

Charles F. Adams (1929-33)

Secretary of the Interior

Ray L. Wilbur (1929-33)

Secretary of Agriculture

Arthur M. Hyde (1929-33)

Secretary of Commerce

Robert P. Lamont (1929-32)

Roy D. Chapin (1932-33)

Secretary of Labor

James J. Davis (1929-30)

William N. Doak (1930-33)

Notable Events:

  • 1929

    • Stock Market Crash which was the start of the Great Depression

Internet Biographies:

Herbert Hoover -- from The Presidents of the United States of America

Compiled by the White House.

Herbert C. Hoover -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta

Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Alexander DeConde of the University of California at Santa Barbara, along with suggestions for further reading.

Herbert Hoover -- from The American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Herbert Hoover -- from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

An eight part biography taken from exhibit captions in the Hoover Museum.

Biography written by William Cooke from a pro-republican point of view.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1929)

Media Resources:

From a 1932 campaign speech. Begins with crowd singing political rally song. (1:52)

RealAudio | MP3 (880K)

From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice Crane.

Audio & Video
The American Presidency Projects's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Herbert Hoover site

Other Internet Resources:

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

The West Branch, Iowa birthplace, childhood home, and grave site of Herbert Hoover. Tourist information available.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Historical and tourist information available. Information on the Hoover document collection can also be found at this site.




Herbert Hoover

31st President of the United States
(March 4, 1929 to March 3, 1933)


Lou Hoover