Herbert HOOVER

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AmericanBorn Herbert Clark HOOVER

31st President of the United States

Born on August 10, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa, USA , United States

Died on October 20, 1964 in New York, New York, USA

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Hoover was born in the town of West Branch, Iowa. He was the first president to be born west of the Mississippi River, and remains the only Iowan president. His father, Jesse Hoover, was a blacksmith and farm implement store owner, of German (Pfautz, Wehmeyer) and German-Swiss (Huber, Burkhart) descent. His mother, Hulda (Minthorn) Hoover, was born in Norwich, Ontario, Canada of English and Irish (probably Scots-Irish) descent. Both were Quakers.

His father died in 1880, and his mother in 1884, leaving Hoover an orphan at the age of nine. After a brief stay with one of his grandmothers in Kingsley, Iowa, Herbert lived for the next 18 months with his uncle Allen Hoover in West Branch. In November 1885, he went to live in Newberg, Oregon with his uncle John Minthorn, whose own son had died the year before. For two and a half years, Herbert attended Friends Pacific Academy (now George Fox University), then subsequently worked as an office assistant in his uncle's real estate office in Salem. Though he did not attend high school, the young Hoover attended night school and learned bookkeeping, typing, and math.


Hoover entered Stanford University in 1891, the first year of the new California college. None of the first students were required to pay tuition. Hoover claimed to be the first student ever at Stanford, by virtue of having been the first person in the first class to sleep in the dormitory. While at the university, he was the student manager of both the baseball and football teams, and was a part of the inaugural Big Game versus rival California (Stanford won). As manager of the baseball team, in 1894, one game Hoover found the receipts were short. He went after the person who had failed to pay the twenty-five cents, former President Benjamin Harrison. Later in life, Hoover would call his encounter with Harrison, "his first time with greatness." Hoover graduated in 1895 with a degree in geology.

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