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Fun Facts to Commemorate President Herbert Hoover on His Birthday

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We’d like to share with you some salient information about America’s 31st president today.

Today, in 1874, Herbert Hoover (1874 – 1964) was born. While he is most known for being the 31st president, Hoover was also a successful mining engineer and served as the head of the Food Administration, head of the American Relief Administration, and Secretary of Commerce.

Hoover ran and was elected president under the Republican Party in 1928.  Unfortunately, on October 24, 1929, seven months into Hoover’s presidency, a major drop in the U.S. stock market sent the country spiraling into the Great Depression. While his predecessor’s policies played a major role in this economic downturn, the American people blamed President Hoover for the Depression and viewed him as insensitive.  While he did attempt to stimulate the economy, he worried that excessive federal intervention could threaten America’s capitalism and individualism.  His moderate response earned the ire of the public and eventually led to his defeat in the 1932 presidential election against challenger, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • In honor of this president’s birthday, here are some interesting facts about his life.
  • Hoover was born into a family of Quakers.
  • Hoover was orphaned at the age of nine. His father died of a heart attack when he was six, and his mother died from typhoid and pneumonia three years later.
  • Hoover was a member of Stanford’s inaugural class.He graduated in 1895 with a degree in geology and then went on to become a millionaire mining tycoon.
  • While he was accused of callousness during his presidency, Hoover was actually a dedicated humanitarian. In fact, his humanitarian work during the World Wars saved thousands of lives, and he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times.
  • On March 3, 1931, Hoover signed the law that made “The Star-Spangled Banner” America’s national anthem.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate this misunderstood president in honor of his birthday. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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