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Herbert Clark Hoover Essay

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Page 1 President Hoover was a very decorated person that gained popularity and admiration in four areas, which included geological engineering, war relief work, politics, and governmental bureaucracy. His highest point of his public career, being elected president, was dominated by the Great Depression just 6 months after his election, which was his biggest disappointment and failure.Early Life Herbert Clark Hoover was born on August 10, 1874, in the Quaker Village of West Branch, Iowa. He was the son of Quakers, Jesse Hoover, a blacksmith and dealer in farm implements, and Hulda Minthorn Hoover, a teacher. "Bertie", as known to his family had and older brother named Theodore and a younger sister named May. All three children became orphans at a very young age. Hoover was only 6yrs. old when his father died of typhoid fever at age 34 and his mother of pneumonia 3yrs. later. All three children were separated and sent to live with their relatives. On September of 1884 Hoover went to live in Newberg, Oregon under the care of his maternal uncle, Dr. Henry J. Minthorn, a physician and businessman. Hoover attended Friends' Pacific Academy, a Page2 Quaker school founded and conducted by his uncle. Four years later Hoover became employed by a land settlement business in Salem, Oregon also founded by his uncle.There he served as an office boy for the next two years.Life's work and Career In 1891, Hoover became the youngest member of the first class to attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, were he majored in geology. He worked his way through college, by serving on numerous geological survey teams. In 1895, he graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. degree, and in 1897 he was hired by a British company, for which he was sent to Australia, to mage a gold mine, for two years.In 1899, he married Lou Henry of Waterloo, Iowa. Hoover and Lou Henry me her freshman year in college at Stanford, were she was also majoring in geology. That same year Herbert and Lou left for China. There were he was offered a program of developing its natural resources. Both became actively involved in the aid of those civilians caught in the Boxer Rebellion (1900), the anti-foreign uprising in China.In 1901 Hoover became partner with Bewick, Moeing, and Company, were he Page3 spent the next 7 years climbing the latter of success, traveling around the world on business trips as a mining engineer. During this time Hoovers first born, Herbert Clark Hoover Jr. was born in London on August 4, 1903 and his second child Allen Henry on July 17, 1907.Beginning of his Success By age 34 , Hoover had great wealth and was well known due to his profession as well as interests and chairmanship in mining companies. When World War I began in 1914, Hoover was in Europe were he was involved in relief work helping out those Americans stranded in Europe and organizing an American Relief Committee. This brought him recognition as a public figure and a practical idealist. When the...

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