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)
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.