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Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929-1933 and Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. After the United States entered World War I President Wilson appointed him as the head of the U.S. Food Administration, and Hoover's rationing policies helped feed American servicemen. His humanitarian efforts helped feed needy civilians in Europe after both world wars, and he oversaw the development of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, his alma mater. President Hoover passed away at the age of 90 on October 20, 1964 in New York City.

Articles by this Author

We re-publish an essay President Hoover wrote for American Heritage in 1958 recounting his experiences as an aide to Woodrow Wilson at the peace talks after World War I. This important first-person narrative candidly details the difficulties that Wilson faced in what Hoover called “the greatest drama of intellectual leadership in all history.”
The great tragedy of the twenty-eighth President as witnessed by his loyal lieutenant, the thirty-first.
When former President Hoover was secretary of commerce under Harding and Coolidge, he was called upon to cope with a new and perplexing activity.