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Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States, serving 1929 and 1933. He was born in Iowa in 1874. His father was a blacksmith. He at Stanford University when it opened in 1891, and graduated as a engineer. He married his Stanford sweetheart, Lou Henry, and they went to China, where he worked for a corporation as China's engineer.

One week before Hoover his 40th birthday in London, Germany war on France, and the American Consul General asked his help in getting stranded home. In six weeks his committee helped 120,000 Americans return to the United States. Next Hoover to a far more difficult task, to Belgium, which had been overrun by the German army.

After the United States the war, President Wilson appointed Hoover as the of the Food Administration. He succeeded in cutting consumption of foods needed and avoided rationing at home, yet kept the Allies fed. He then served as Secretary of Commerce Presidents Harding and Coolidge. Hoover became the Republican Presidential and won the 1928 election.

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 less than eight months into his term. He created many to try and end the Great Depression, such as the Hoover Dam. He taxes and increased public spending. None of this produced economic recovery. As a , Hoover is ranked poorly among former presidents. After World War II, he was a fierce of communism. He died in 1964 at the age of 90.

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