Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Groucho and Other Solicitations Made to an Ex-President. By Thomas F. Schwartz It was not uncommon in the Nineteenth Century for sitting and former presidents to publically endorse commercial products and services, usually without compensation.  In 1862, Abraham Lincoln wrote a glowing endorsement for his foot doctor: “Dr. Zacharie, has, with great dexterity, taken some … Continue reading Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Herbert Hoover and American Presidents of the 20th century

Part 2 by Matthew Schaefer This post is the second in an intermittent series describing the continuing saga of Herbert Hoover’s connections to U.S. Presidents.  In 1910, the 36 year-old Hoover wrote letters to friends explaining that he’d grown bored with the game of making money and that he’d welcome a new challenge.  Well-connected friends … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and American Presidents of the 20th century

Lou Henry Hoover on the Middle Class

by Matthew Schaefer When I give presentations to the general public within the friendly confines of the Hoover Library, I make it a point to show and share manuscripts from our collections.  This is the first visit to a Presidential Library for many in my audience.  Showing a folder with drafts of Herbert Hoover speeches, … Continue reading Lou Henry Hoover on the Middle Class

Old School Iowa Social Networking

by Matthew Schaefer This blog is the closest this archivist gets to modern social media and the digital social network.  I’m a bit of a dinosaur in this regard.  Facebook, Twitter, Snap-Chat are as foreign to me as Urdu, Swahili and Latin.  My social networking is old school. It does not trend. It trades on … Continue reading Old School Iowa Social Networking

Herbert Hoover and American Presidents of the 20th century

by Matthew Schaefer Theodore Roosevelt Box 12 of the Allan Hoover papers contains an intriguing folder titled ‘People Herbert Hoover Knew.’  The names on these twenty-seven pages obviously did not list every one that Hoover knew, just those with sufficient political prominence to catch Hoover’s attention.  One page was especially noteworthy.  On it Hoover listed … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and American Presidents of the 20th century

Left to the Vagaries of History

August 13th is International Lefthanders Day, a day to celebrate the uniqueness of lefthanders.  First observed in 1976 by a small cadre of left-thinking individuals, International Lefthanders Day has grown over the years to become something of a social media phenomena.  This year’s version highlighted American Presidents who were left-handed.  Somehow Herbert Hoover is listed … Continue reading Left to the Vagaries of History

Days of Reckoning-Herbert Hoover’s Birthdays at age 80+

by Matthew Schaefer Many years after Hoover left the White House, he became a respected elder statesman.  Hoover relished this role, giving advice to Democrats and Republicans alike as he entered his eighties.  At this late stage of his life, Hoover came to be seen as a model of vigorous aging.  Magazine articles were written … Continue reading Days of Reckoning-Herbert Hoover’s Birthdays at age 80+

Lou Henry Hoover’s Narrow Escape?

by Spencer Howard Washington Star, March 18, 1928 MRS HOOVER ESCAPES INJURIES IN CAR CRASH Secretary's wife and two friends leap from auto hanging at bridge edge Winchester, March 17 – Mrs. Herbert Hoover, wife of the Secretary of Commerce, Mrs. Hugh Cumming, wife of the Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, … Continue reading Lou Henry Hoover’s Narrow Escape?

What ever Happened to Herbert Hoover’s Kids?

by Spencer Howard Visitors to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum often ask, what ever happened to the Hoovers' kids?  Both of their sons lived productive lives, though neither achieved as much fame as their father. Herbert Charles Hoover was born in London on August 4, 1903.  He was named for his father, Herbert Clark Hoover, … Continue reading What ever Happened to Herbert Hoover’s Kids?

War and Peace: The Friendship of Louis Chevrillon and Herbert Hoover

Part 3 By Thomas F. Schwartz Sustained by Hoover’s loan of 100,000 francs, Chevrillon also received infrequent shipments of food aid through Hoover’s Lisbon agents.  By 1942 Chevrillon reported that, “the markets are empty….the harvests for next year are announced as poor.”  He added, “already the ration itself is insufficient for normal feeding and the … Continue reading War and Peace: The Friendship of Louis Chevrillon and Herbert Hoover