Army and Navy Union USA at the Hoover Gravesite

Visitors to the gravesite of Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover are often struck by its dignified simplicity.  Two ledger stones of Vermont white marble mark their resting place, inscribed only with their names and life dates.  No epitaph records their achievements or honors.  Located at the top of a small rise known as “the overlook,” … Continue reading Army and Navy Union USA at the Hoover Gravesite

Leonardo Da Vinci and Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionaries

By Thomas F. Schwartz Most people would be hard pressed to see any connection between the Renaissance polymath Leonardo Da Vinci and the thirty-first President, Herbert Hoover.  The first individual conjures up images of the artist who painted the Mona Lisa while the latter individual is known as “The Great Humanitarian.”  Yet much of Da … Continue reading Leonardo Da Vinci and Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionaries

 Hoover. Armistice Day and Veterans’ Day

Aside from August 10th, his birthday, Herbert Hoover gave more significant speeches on November 11th than on any other day in the calendar.  Acting on behalf of President Coolidge, Hoover gave his first Armistice Day address in 1924 to the American Legion, two years before Congress officially named November 11th Armistice Day.  Hoover spoke each … Continue reading  Hoover. Armistice Day and Veterans’ Day

 The aftermath of the 1927 Mississippi Flood:  Seeds and Bees

By Thomas F. Schwartz Crisis management prioritizes needs. Once the major requirements of saving lives, mitigating threats, providing medical care, and meeting the needs of adequate shelter, food, and clothing, thoughts can move to recovery issues.  Two unique opportunities occurred following the 1927 Mississippi Flood, a disaster that affected 4.4 million people (nearly 54% were … Continue reading  The aftermath of the 1927 Mississippi Flood:  Seeds and Bees

Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lewis L. Strauss: A Bull____ Story

Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lewis L. Strauss had much in common.  Both began their public service during the First World War.  Each served when America was drawn into World War II. Both rose to national office after the war.  Both were Republicans committed to American victory in the Cold War. Much to his chagrin, Eisenhower’s … Continue reading Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lewis L. Strauss: A Bull____ Story

Heroes on Horseback; Hoover on Horses

Western civilization has long esteemed heroes on horseback, those men who rode valiant steeds into battle then rode them into political power.  Perhaps the first such hero on horseback was Alexander the Great who rode Bucephalus into battles that led to Alexander ruling the known world before age 33.  Tales of such heroes echo down … Continue reading Heroes on Horseback; Hoover on Horses

Hoover’s Efforts to Jail Al Capone

By Thomas F. Schwartz Alphonse “Al” Capone remains one of the most legendary mobsters.  His extensive empire of bootlegging during Prohibition and bribing leading political figures from the mayor to law enforcement officials in Chicago, made him the kingpin of the city.  Capone tried to soften his ruthless acts protecting his criminal empire by providing … Continue reading Hoover’s Efforts to Jail Al Capone

Hoover letter to Guy Gillette on the Election of Federal Officials, September 28, 1951

Iowa Senator Guy Gillette wrote to Hoover in early September 1951 seeking advice on how to draft legislation that would ensure federal elections were a ‘fair and honest expression of the will of the electorate.’  Hoover answered the question with his customary thoroughness, detailing six needed changes. Hoover opened his letter to Gillette by writing: … Continue reading Hoover letter to Guy Gillette on the Election of Federal Officials, September 28, 1951

Joseph Pilates and Herbert Hoover

A short time ago, I wrote a blog on Herbert Hoover as a paragon of aging.  Well into his 80s, Hoover was still writing books, giving speeches, and serving as elder statesman to the Republican Party.  This caught the attention of Hoover’s long-time friend Bernard Baruch, who wrote a magazine article about Hoover’s vitality and … Continue reading Joseph Pilates and Herbert Hoover

Lou Hoover and Belgian Lace

By Thomas F. Schwartz One of the lesser known aspects of the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) dealt with support of the Belgian lace makers.  In 1915, a committee of Belgian women requested assistance for the importation of linen thread and needles as well as cash advances to keep the cottage industry of lace … Continue reading Lou Hoover and Belgian Lace