Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) was born to Quaker parents in West Branch, Iowa. His early life would seem unfortunate to most. At age two, he nearly died from a severe illness. At age six, his father died and then when he was nine his mother died as well. The rest of his young life was spent with his uncle in Oregon. While the reason for this arrangement was tragic, it enabled young Hoover to acquire a very good education and learn marketable skills working with his uncle.
THE 31ST U.S. PRESIDENT HERBERT CLARK HOOVER
While studying at the newly established Stanford University, Hoover met his bride-to-be, Lou Henry who was the only female student in the geology department. After graduation, they married and he began a successful career in the mining industry which carried them off to Australia, China and many other places. It was during this phase that Hoover authored a brilliant engineering textbook, Principles of Mining, which became the industry standard for many years and from which he profited greatly. In fact, the total of all of his assets was reported to have reached $4 million dollars.
Unfortunately, the extraordinary humanitarian efforts made by Hoover during his early years as a member of the Supreme Economic Council, as head of the American Relief Administration, head of the U.S. Food Administration, and as U.S. Secretary of Commerce were all but forgotten when the stock market crash of 1929 acted as a catalyst causing the Great Depression. It had only been eight months since a very hopeful President Hoover had addressed the nation at his inaugural address.
PRESIDENT HOOVER ADDRESSES THE NATION
Hoover held on to his belief of limiting the role of government in the interest of self-sufficiency, a trait he saw as a core characteristic of the American public. Unfortunately, under these extreme circumstances, none of the alternative solutions he put in place were very effective.
In 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran against Hoover, selling himself with a “New Deal,” a strategic course of action that promised to right the ship. American voters were ready to buy. They elected Roosevelt leaving the ousted President Hoover to retreat in disgrace. For the remainder of his 90 years, Hoover wrote and spoke out in vehement opposition to FDR and his policies and then in protest to American involvement in foreign wars.
PRESIDENT HOOVER WITH HIS COMPANION, KING TUT
Among some of the admirable accomplishments Hoover made are:
- Devised a strategy to prosecute mobster Al Capone for tax evasion
- Reserved 3,000,000 acres of land for national parks
- Allocated funds to double the number of veteran healthcare facilities
- Provided school meals for children in occupied territories
- Chaired commissions that greatly reduced waste in government
- Began construction of the Hoover Dam
- Authored 16 books including a biography of Woodrow Wilson
ELEGANT FIRST FAMILY RELIC - HERBERT HOOVER’S GOLDEN HAND - NOW IN THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION
Together Lou and Herbert Hoover raised two sons, Herbert Charles Hoover (1903–1969), Allan Henry Hoover (1907–1993) who were already in their 20’s when Hoover became President. Herbert Charles Hoover achieved success in engineering and business before serving as U.S. Under-Secretary of State for the Eisenhower Administration. Allan Henry Hoover initially followed his father’s lead by exploring opportunities in mining. For the last 50 years of his life, he provided leadership at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Of particular interest, is the fact that President Harry S. Truman knew in his heart that Herbert Hoover was a gifted man. At President Truman's behest, Herbert Hoover returned to Washington, DC and assisted the President in offering suggestions that would improve the operation of the United States Federal Government. He did this for no pay.
PRESIDENT HOOVER AND HIS FAMILY IN 1933
World-renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has had the good fortune to acquire several museum-quality relics that were owned by the late President Herbert Hoover. Among them is a golden hand which was a gift from the President to First Lady Lou Henry Hoover inscribed with each of their initials and the year 1929. In addition, Mr. Amyx’s collection contains a President Hoover’s cigar humidor, a gold tone pen and pencil, a breathtaking original work of art from the Hoover Living Quarters in the White House, and a stunning porcelain vase.
ELEGANT VASE OWNED & USED BY PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - NOW IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
Serious collectors who would like to discuss these or other museum quality historically significant items are invited to contact Mr. Amyx for a confidential discussion.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX