Herbert Hoover

portrait of Herbert Hoover c. 1928, Library of Congress

Birth Name: Herbert Clark Hoover

Date of Birth: August 10, 1874

Place of Birth: West Branch, Iowa, U.S.

Place of Death: October 20, 1964

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some German and Swiss-German

Herbert Hoover was an American politician. A Republican, he served as President of the United States from March 4, 1929 to March 4, 1933. He was elected to the position in 1928. He was previously the United States Secretary of Commerce, from March 5, 1921 to August 21, 1928.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for re-election as President of the United States in 1932. He also made overtures to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 1920, 1936, and 1940.

President Hoover was the son of Hulda Randall (Minthorn) and Jessie/Jesse Clark Hoover. His father was born in Stillwater, Ohio. His mother was born in Norwich, Oxford, Ontario, Canada, to parents from Toronto. He was married to Lou Henry Hoover, with whom he had two children, engineer, businessperson, and politician Herbert Hoover, Jr., who served as U.S. Under Secretary of State, from October 4, 1954 to February 5, 1957; and mining engineer, rancher, and financier Allan Hoover. His great-granddaughter through Allan is political commentator Margaret Hoover, who is married to journalist and writer John Avlon.

President Hoover’s paternal grandfather was Eli Hoover (the son of Jesse Hoover and Rebecca Yount). Eli was born in West Milton, Miama, Ohio, and was of German, Swiss-German, and Alsatian German descent. Jesse was the son of John Hoover, whose father was born in Ellerstadt, Germany, and of Sarah Burkhart. Rebecca was the daughter of John Yount and Mary Ann Lowe.

President Hoover’s paternal grandmother was Mary Davis (the daughter of John Davis and Lydia Coate). Mary was born in Ohio. John was the son of Abiather/Abiathar Davis and Lydia Embree. President Hoover’s great-grandmother Lydia was the daughter of Henry Coate and Mary Haskett/Hasket.

President Hoover’s maternal grandfather was Theodore Minthorn (the son of John Minthorn and Lucinda Sherwood). Theodore was born on Yonge Street, north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. John was born in Connecticut, near Hartford, Hartford Co., the son of William Minthorn III, whose father was English, and of Hannah Eldridge. Lucinda was the daughter of Thomas Sherwood and Endymia Winn, who was born in Chester, Windsor, Vermont.

President Hoover’s maternal grandmother was Mary Wasley (the daughter of Henry Wasley and Ann Tool/Toole). Mary was born on Yonge Street, north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Henry was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the son of Francis Wasley, Jr. and Hannah Scott. Ann was the daughter of Aaron Tool/Toole and Rachel Haworth, whose own parents were John Haworth and Mary Garner. She also had roots in Pennsylvania.

Sources: Genealogies of President Hoover – http://www.geni.com

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