When is a yacht not a yacht?

by Spencer Howard At his news conference on March 22, 1929, President Hoover announced that he had ordered the Presidential yacht, USS Mayflower, decommissioned.  He explained, "The Secretary of the Navy reports that it costs over $300,000 a year to maintain the yacht and that it requires a complement of 9 officers and 148 enlisted … Continue reading When is a yacht not a yacht?

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

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

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+

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

Hoover Ball Rejuvenated

Part 3 By Matthew Schaeffer After Herbert Hoover left the White House on March 4, 1933, Hoover Ball disappeared from the public awareness.  Clearly Franklin Roosevelt, suffering from the lingering impact of polio, was not going to throw a six pound ball over a net.  Like Calvin Coolidge’s mechanical horse, Hoover ball was consigned to … Continue reading Hoover Ball Rejuvenated

The End of the First Hoover Ball Era

Part 2 By Matthew Schaeffer Visitors to the Herbert Hoover Museum will find nearly seven hundred artifacts on display to tell his life story.  There is an entire exhibit case dedicated to documenting the Hoovers’ time in the White House.  It contains scores of artifacts, and it can be overwhelming.  One artifact that escaped my … Continue reading The End of the First Hoover Ball Era

Hoover Ball Genesis

Part 1 By Matthew Schaeffer The health of the President of the United States is often newsworthy.  President Trump’s height and weight made recent headlines.  Obama’s smoking drew public interest.  Clinton’s affinity for eating fast food, sometimes while dressed for jogging, was worth a news photo.  I would argue that the American public cares more … Continue reading Hoover Ball Genesis