Herbert Hoover

A portrait painting shows a middle aged man in a suit sitting in a dark room.
Herbert Hoover sat for this portrait in Florida in 1928, shortly after being elected president

"Herbert Hoover, President-Elect," painting by Henry Salem Hubbell


My country owes me no debt. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.

Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover, mining engineer, humanitarian, statesman, and 31st President of the United States, was born August 10, 1874 in a simple two-room cottage in West Branch, Iowa. His Quaker family had helped settle the town, and their principles of honesty, hard work, simplicity, and generosity guided Hoover throughout his life of service to the nation and the world.

A portrait photo from the 1870s depicts a one year old  in a baby dress.

Simple Beginnings

Herbert Hoover's life journey began in 1874 in a two-room cottage in the center of West Branch, Iowa.

Three children pose for a portrait photo in the 1880s.

Triumphs & Tragedies

Young Herbert relied on values like hard work and faith to overcome being an orphan.

Dignitaries in formal suits and top hats surround Herbert Hoover as he speaks.

Adversity Leads To Opportunity

From the ups and downs of his childhood Herbert Hoover grew to be a resilient and self-reliant man.

A man salutes a crowd from an open-top 1950s era car.

A Memorial & a Legacy

Following his presidency, the Hoover family wanted to create a place where President Hoover's values could be shared with all Americans.


Other Historical Homes, Museums, & Places

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum has extensive exhibits, research materials, and Web-based information on the life of Herbert Hoover.

Camp Rapidan

Camp Rapidan, now part of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, was the Hoovers' private mountain retreat during the presidential years.

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, & Peace

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University in California is a public policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and international affairs. Herbert Hoover, a Stanford graduate, founded the institution.

Hoover-Minthorn House Museum

The Hoover-Minthorn House Museum in Newberg, Oregon was Herbert Hoover's home from 1885 to 1889. It is preserved as a memorial to him and to the lifestyle of the Quaker community in which he was raised as a boy. The house is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.

Leonora Gwalia Historical Museum

The Leonora Gwalia Historical Museum in Australia includes the site of the Historic Hoover House, commissioned and built in 1898 for Herbert Hoover when he was the manager of the Sons of Gwalia mine.

Lou Henry & Herbert Hoover House

The Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover House, completed in 1920, was the Hoovers' first and only permanent residence. Herbert donated the home to Stanford University after his wife Lou died in 1944. It is not open to the public.

White House

Like every president except George Washington, Herbert Hoover called the White House and its surrounding grounds his place of work, rest, and solitude. President and Mrs. Hoover lived in the White House from 1929 through 1933.

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