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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Lou Hoover
First Lady: 1929 - 1933
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  • Lou Hoover program
  • Up Next: Lou Hoover
  • Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover portrayers
  • Discussion with descendants of Lou Hoover, Bess Truman and Betty Ford
  • Discussion with Presidential Descendants including Margaret Hoover
  • A brief introduction to Herbert and Lou Hoover
  • Richard Norton Smith on Herbert Hoover
  • Life in the White House
  • Brief overview of Lou Hoover's career
  • Entertaining at the White House and in private
  • Meeting Herbert Hoover
  • Travels, family and political partnership
  • Accomplishments as First Lady
  • Herbert Hoover at the Dedication of the Hoover Library
  • The Palo Alto House at Stanford
  • Smithsonian Collection - Her Style
  • First Radio Address - Girl Scouts
  • With the Hoover School Children
  • Life at Rapidan Camp
  • Audio clip - Address to 4-H Clubs
  • Travels and Collections
  • Early Life
  • Life After the White House
  • The Great Depression
  • Relationship with her Husband
  • Studying Geology at Stanford
  • Girl Scouts
  • Edith Mayo on Lou Hoover
  • First Ladies' Influence
  • African-American History in Washington, D.C., part 3
  • First Ladies as Public Figures


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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