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Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was an American politician and engineer who served as the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933 and a member of the Republican Party, holding office during the onset of the Great Depression.
Before serving as president, Hoover led the Commission for Relief in Belgium, served as the director of the U.S.
Food Administration, and served as the third U.S. secretary of commerce.Hoover was born to a Quaker family in West Branch, Iowa, but he grew up in Oregon.
He took a position with a London-based mining company after graduating from Stanford University in 1895.After the outbreak of World War I, he became the head of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, an international relief organization that provided food to occupied Belgium.
When the U.S. entered the war, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Hoover to lead the Food Administration, and Hoover became known as the country's "food czar".
After the war, Hoover led the American Relief Administration, which provided food to the inhabitants of Central and Eastern Europe.
Hoover's wartime service made him a favorite of many progressives, and he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the 1920 presidential election.
President Warren G.Harding appointed Hoover as Secretary of Commerce in 1920, and he continued to serve under President Calvin Coolidge after Harding died in 1923.
Hoover was an unusually active and visible cabinet member, becoming known as "Secretary of Commerce and Under-Secretary of all other departments".
He was influential in the development of air travel and radio.He led the federal response to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.
Hoover won the Republican nomination in the 1928 presidential election, and decisively defeated Democratic candidate Al Smith.The stock market crashed shortly after Hoover took office, and the Great Depression became the central issue of his presidency.
Hoover pursued a variety of policies in an attempt to lift the economy, but opposed directly involving the federal government in relief efforts.
In the midst of the economic crisis, Hoover was decisively defeated by Democratic nominee Franklin D.Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election.
After leaving office, Hoover's retirement was over 31 years long, one of the longest retirements of any U.S president, and he authored numerous works in subsequent decades.
He became increasingly conservative in this time, and he strongly criticized Roosevelt's foreign policy and New Deal domestic agenda.In the 1940s and 1950s, public opinion of Hoover improved because he served in various assignments for presidents Harry S.
Truman and Dwight D.Eisenhower, including chairman of the Hoover Commission.Nonetheless, Hoover is often regarded as a below-average U.S. president, and most polls of historians and political scientists rank him in the bottom third overall.