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Herbert Clark Hoover: A Chronology of His Life and Career

Herbert Hoover was a self-made multi-millionaire when he entered public life. After World War I began, he took on the task of distributing food to the Belgian people. He then became food administrator in the United States, supervising the production and distribution of food for American soldiers and civilians, as well as the nation's allies. He succeeded so well that President Warren G. Harding appointed him Secretary of Commerce in 1921, a position he held until running for President in 1928.

Herbert Clark Hoover

August 10, 1874 Herbert Hoover's Birthplace Born in West Branch, Iowa.
1895   Graduated from Stanford University.
1897   Became managing engineer of gold mines in Australia.
1898   Became Chief Engineer of the Chinese Imperial Bureau of Mines.
February 10, 1899   Married Lou Henry.
1908   Established his own engineering firm.
1914   Headed the Commission for Relief in Belgium.
1917   Named United States Food Administrator.
1919-1920 Palo Alto home Built a home in Palo Alto, California.
1921   Appointed Secretary of Commerce.
1928   Elected President of the United States.
1944   Mrs. Lou Henry died.
1945   Named chairman of the Famine Emergency Commission.
1947   Named chairman of the Hoover Commission.
1954   The Herbert Hoover Foundation was established.
April 19, 1958   Had his gall bladder removed.
April 1958   Published The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson.
July 1958   Visited the Brussels World's Fair as President Dwight Eisenhower's personal representative.
August 10, 1958 1958 Celebrated his 84th birthday.
August 27, 1958   Earmarked his $25,000-a-year government pension for public service activities and charities.
October 20, 1964   Died in New York City.

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site www.nps.gov/heho/
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum http://hoover.archives.gov

SEE ALSO
World War I
President Warren G. Harding
Secretary of Commerce
Brussels World's Fair
New York City

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