(M-0026) Herbert Hoover – born in West Branch, Iowa – August 10, 1874 Centennial Commemorative Medallion. President of the United States: March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933 Died: October 20, 1964 in New York City – Buried in West Branch, Iowa
(P-0153) (P-0154) President Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch in 1874. Today the National Historic site includes a Library-Museum, the Hoover Birthplace Cottage and the gravesites of President Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover.
Herbert Hoover Stamp Day – August 10, 1965.
(L-0055) (L-0056) I was there in West Branch that day with my Mom, and my two grandmothers, Edie Boyer & Olive Boller. 22,000 people poured into West Branch on that very hot day. Former President Dwight Eisenhower and Former Vice President Richard Nixon were the main speakers.
As President Eisenhower’s limousine turned a corner, Ike looked out the window, smiled and waved at my Grandma Edie and me as we were waving from the crowd. For a stamp collector and Iowa historian, an amazing day was had by all!
(P-0156) (C-0151) (P-0155) (S-0044) (S-0068) These stamps, postcards and covers celebrate the memory of our 31st President, a great humanitarian and civil servant, including a Grant Wood drawing of the Herbert Hoover birthplace!
As you might know, Herbert Hoover had a rough go of it as the 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). A brilliant and compassionate man, yet not able to overcome the burdens that the Great Depression laid upon the nation during his presidency.
1951 – The Iowa Award – Herbert C. Hoover.
In 1951, Herbert Hoover was awarded the very first Iowa Award, the highest honor given to an Iowan. Read more here.
(P-0227) Hoover and his good friend, President Harry Truman in 1962.
In 1947, realizing the mammoth bureaucracy created by the New Deal and another world war had to adapt to peace and prosperity, (President) Truman enlisted Hoover to make the executive branch more efficient. Amid fierce infighting between New Dealers wanting to preserve FDR’s legacy and conservatives bent on erasing it, Hoover chaired the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch. The “Hoover Commission” achieved bipartisan reforms Truman claimed were among his most significant accomplishments. Years later, speaking at the dedication of the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, Truman said, “I feel that I am one of his closest friends and he is one of my closest friends.”
Herbert Hoover and Jay “Ding” N. Darling…
President Hoover and political cartoonist, Ding Darling, were friends from 1919-1962. Read more here.
(S-0045) (C-0153) (C-0152) (C-0154) Not since 1938 had a series of U.S. stamps been devoted entirely to past U.S. Presidents. And with this series, another postal “first” occurred when four “mini sheets” were issued by the U.S. Postal Service. Each sheet incorporated nine 22-cent commemorative stamps. Each of 35 stamps honors a deceased U.S. President, and the 36th stamp depicts the White House. These were the very first “mini-sheets” ever issued by the United States. And in addition to a President’s portrait, each stamp bears a facsimile of the President’s signature, plus, the years he served in office.
Herbert Clark Hoover died on October 20, 1964 (age 90), and along with his dear partner in marriage, Lou Henry Hoover, are buried on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Library & Museum in West Branch, Iowa.