Herbert Hoover on Public Acceptance of the President

Herbert Hoover won the 1928 election in a landslide over Democrat Al Smith of New York.  Four years later Hoover lost the 1932 election in a landslide to New York Democrat Franklin Roosevelt.  The intervening four years marked the onset of the Great Depression. Ever pragmatic, Hoover knew that the American people would place their … Continue reading Herbert Hoover on Public Acceptance of the President

Hoovers and Milbanks: An Enduring Friendship

Seeing the February 4th friendship postings on our Facebook page last week, I was reminded of a durable friendship forged between the Hoovers and the Milbanks.  The connections between Jeremiah/Katherine [Kitty] Milbank and Herbert/Lou Hoover are extensive--both broad and deep.  The families often socialized together. They dined, shared holidays [especially Christmas after Lou passed away], … Continue reading Hoovers and Milbanks: An Enduring Friendship

War Conditions in Belgium and England

by Matthew Schaefer In the course of writing serial posts on Herbert Hoover’s activities during World War I, it occurred to this Hoover archivist that he was giving short shrift to other actors with agency in the drama.  To correct this oversight, today’s blog will respond to Abigail Adams’ challenge to not forget the ladies. … Continue reading War Conditions in Belgium and England

 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

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 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

August Days Grow Shorter, Winter is Coming

Every August brings me face to face with another birthday. Now aged 64, I began to physically challenge myself each August.  Coincidentally, August is State Fair season in the Midwest.  For the past few years, I’ve challenged myself by entering the Iowa State Fair bench press competition and by taking the Army pullup challenge at … Continue reading August Days Grow Shorter, Winter is Coming

Herbert Hoover and Boys’ Clubs of America

Herbert Hoover’s favorite philanthropic endeavor was promoting the Boys’ Clubs of America.  He gave this his usual full-bore effort.  Hoover embraced the Boys’ Clubs of America mission ‘to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.’ The Boys’ Clubs of America trace … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and Boys’ Clubs of America