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Lou Hoover

Herbert Hoover
The one who is not in trouble will have to help the one who is in trouble. Do not curtail too many activities that are essential, because you throw the whole machine out of gear. If we all stopped buying any more than we have to have, employment would drop tremendously. Keep on spending money as a people. Everyone should seize the opportunity to do what he can.

Born - March 29, 1874 in Waterloo, Iowa

Parents - Charles Delano Henry & Florence Ida Weed Henry

Married - February 10, 1899 to Herbert Hoover

Children - Herbert Clark, Jr. (1903 – 1969),
Allan Henry (1907 – 1993)

Education - Bachelor’s degree in geology at Stanford University in 1898

Occupation - Relief Administrator

Post White House residence - Palo Alto, California; New York City

Causes - Mrs. Hoover was the National President of the Girls Scouts before becoming First Lady

Died - January 7, 1944 in New York, New York

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  • Mrs. Hoover was the first woman to major in geology at Stanford University.
  • President Hoover’s career took the couple to China, Ceylon, Burma, Siberia, Australia, Egypt, Japan and Europe.
  • Mrs. Hoover reproduced furniture owned by the Monroes for a sitting room in the White House at her own expense and restored the Lincoln study.
  • Mrs. Hoover was fluent in Chinese.

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