Lou Henry Hoover

 
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Lou Henery Hoover
Lou Henery Hoover age 19
Lou Henery Hoover age 42
Lou Henery Hoover age 54
Lou Henery Hoover age 55

President:  Herbert Hoover

Preceded by: Grace Coolidge

Succeeded by: Eleanor Roosevelt

Born: Lou Henry
March 29, 1874
Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.

Died: January 7, 1944 (aged 69)
New York City, New York, U.S

Resting Place: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Spouse(s): Herbert Hoover (m. 1899 Died 1964)

Children: Herbert, Allen

Father: Charles Delano Henry

Mother: Florence Ida Weed

Early life and education

 

Lou Henry was born in Waterloo, Iowa, to banker Charles Delano Henry and Florence Ida Weed. Lou grew up something of a tomboy in Waterloo, as well as Whittier, California, and Monterey, California. Charles Henry took his daughter on camping trips in the hills—her greatest pleasures in her early teens. Lou became a fine horsewoman; she hunted, and preserved specimens with the skill of a taxidermist; she developed an enthusiasm for rocks, minerals, and mining.

Hoover's postsecondary school began at the Los Angeles Normal School, now known as the University of California, Los Angeles. She later transferred to and graduated from San Jose Normal School, now known as San Jose State University, with a teaching credential in 1893. She then went to Stanford University where she met Herbert Hoover, who was then a senior. In 1898 she graduated—as the school's only female geology major at the time—with a B.A. in Geology.

 

As First Lady (1929–1933)

Radio broadcasts

Mrs. Hoover distinguished herself by becoming the first First Lady to broadcast on a regular and nationwide basis. Although she did not have her own radio program, she participated as a guest speaker on a number of occasions between 1929 and 1933, often advocating for volunteerism, or discussing the work of the Girl Scouts. Radio critics praised her for having an excellent radio voice and for speaking with confidence.

Presidential traditions

As First Lady, she discontinued the New Year's Day reception, the annual open house observance begun by Abigail Adams in 1801.

She played a critical role in designing and overseeing the construction of a rustic presidential retreat at Rapidan Camp in Madison County, Virginia. It was a precursor of the current presidential retreat, Camp David.

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