Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States (1929-1933)

Hoover sites that I have seen:

Hoover's home in Washington DC (private property)
Hoover birthplace, Library and Museum, and gravesite. West Branch, Iowa

The small 2 room house in which Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa

The room in which Hoover was born

Herbert's Dad Jesse Hoover's Blacksmith shop near his birthplace

Inside Jesse Hoovers Blacksmith shop

Quacker meeting house where the Hoover's attended near his birthplace

Inside Quacker Meeting House

Schoolhouse attended by Hoover

Inside the schoolhouse

This is the house in Washington DC that Hoover lived in when he served as Secretary of Commerce under Harding and Coolidge. It is just a couple of houses down from the Woodrow Wilson house and is now an Embassy
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum West Branch, Iowa

When you go to West Branch, Iowa to see Herbert Hoover sites they make it easy on you. In one easy to walk around location you get Hoover's birthplace, gravesite and his Library and Museum. There is a big open grassy area between his small birthplace home and his gravesite. Hoover himself insisted that nothing ever be built in this area. Hoover's parents died in their 30's leaving Herbert, or 'Bertie' as he was called as a kid, an orphan before age 10. He would leave West Branch and live with an Uncle in Oregon where he grew up.

Hoover at age 23, trying to look like he's 35. Picture at the Hoover Library.

A statue of Hoover fishing in the Library

Replica of Hoovers NYC office

Replica of Hoovers NYC office

Most of the Presidential Libraries have a piece of the Berlin Wall. Here is Hoovers

Their is a map of the world at the Hoover Library with a golden wheat emblem on every country that he helped feed. He was a great humanitarian before and after his Presidency.

The gravesite of Herbert Hoover. West Branch, Iowa

Me at the gravesite of Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover was at the time blamed for the Great Depression. Unfortunately that is the legacy most remember.

Before entering politics as Secretary of Commerce under Harding and later Coolidge, he was a successful businessman, self made millionaire, and great humanitarian.  During and after WW1 he fed much of  war torned Europe on his own.

Hoover entered office loved by most, and left hated by most. He lived a good long life assuming the role of an elder statesman in later administrations. He died in 1964 at the age of 90.

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