Birthplace Cottage

A small white cottage is depicted in a painting amid summer foliage.
"Herbert Hoover's Birthplace" by Heather Heckel

Herbert Hoover, the first President born west of the Mississippi River, was born in a small two-room

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"This cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life."

Herbert Hoover

Like any couple just starting out, 21-year old Hulda Minthorn and 23-year old Jesse Hoover were eager to have a place to call their own. In 1871, shortly after their first wedding anniversary, Jesse built this simple but sturdy two-room cottage in the budding town of West Branch, Iowa. Jesse and Hulda's second child, future president Herbert Hoover, was born in the bedroom on August 10, 1874.

Last updated: February 14, 2019