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Herbert Hoover Curriculum Vitae
Presidential Number: 31st
Years President: 1929-1933
Party Affiliation: Republican
Main Contender: Alfred Smith
State Represented: Iowa
Birthday: August 10, 1874
Place Of Birth: West Branch, Iowa
Higher Education: Stanford University
Prior Occupations: Geologist/Mining Engineer, Mining Manager and Consultant, Humanitarian, Secretary of Commerce
Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Favorite Food: Sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows
Hobbies: Fishing, Medicine Ball Pets: His son had 2 pet alligators. The family also had several dogs: an Irish Wolfhound named Patrick, Fox Terriers named Sonnie and Big Ben, an Eskimo dog named Yukon, and an Elkhound named Weejie.
Legacy: Despite being an engineer and humanitarian, known for his efficiency, problem solving skills, and kindness, Hoover’s presidency was marked by chaos and despair. He ascribed to the “invisible hand” theory of economics espoused by Adam Smith. By most accounts, this worsened and lengthened the Great Depression, for which Hoover will forever be synonymous.
Trivia: First president born west of the Mississippi. Youngest member of Stanford’s first graduating class. Because he was a Quaker, he did not take the oath of office. Only president whose vice president was nonwhite – Charles Curtis was a Kaw Indian. First of two presidents to donate his salary to charity. First president to have a telephone on his desk. Approved "The Star-Spangled Banner" as national anthem. When the Hoovers wanted to speak privately in the presence of guests, they spoke Mandarin Chinese. Two asteroids named in his honor – Herberta and Hooveria. Last president to have his term of office end on March 3. Wrote 16 books. One of two presidents to live past his 90th birthday.