Two Parties, Two Presidents, One Friendship
During Truman’s Presidency, Herbert Hoover offered his services to help with post–World War II humanitarian efforts. Despite being Presidents from opposing parties, the two forged a working relationship that eventually grew into friendship.
At the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum dedication in 1957, Herbert Hoover delivered remarks and stood next to Truman.
Five years later, on Hoover’s 88th birthday, the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum was dedicated. Once again, the two former Presidents, now good friends, stood side by side.
Former Presidents Harry S. Truman and Herbert Hoover move through the crowds of people attending the dedication of the new Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. 8/10/62.
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum dedication. Truman stands fourth from the left, and Herbert Hoover stands third from the left. 7/6/57.
-from the Truman and Hoover Libraries
My Tuesdays are meatless,
My Wednesdays are wheatless,
I’m getting more eatless each day.
My home — it is heatless,
My bed — it is sheetless,
They’re sent to the Y.M.C.A.
The bar rooms are treatless,
The coffee is sweetless,
To-day I grow poorer and wiser.
My stockings are feetless,
My trousers are seatless,
My God! How I do have the kaiser.
This humorous poem about the United States Food Administration is found in the papers of Ben Allen who served as Chief of the Education Division and who worked many times over the years with his friend Herbert Hoover.
-from the Hoover Library
“This temple of our history will appropriately be one of the most beautiful buildings in America, an expression of the American soul.”
— Herbert Hoover, February 20, 1933, at the laying of the cornerstone of the National Archives Building. (Photo: 64-NA-136)
“‘Here, Laura and Mary,’ Pa said, and he gave them each a little round package out of his pocket.
They took off the paper wrappings, and each had a little, hard, brown cake, with beautifully crinkled edges.
‘Bite it,’ said Pa, and his blue eyes twinkled.
Each bit off one little crinkle, and it was sweet. It crumbled in their mouths. It was better even than their Christmas candy.
‘Maple sugar,’ said Pa.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder. Little House in the Big Woods. Chapter 7, The Sugar Snow.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on this day, February 7, 1867.
The Hoover Presidential Library holds the papers of Rose Wilder Lane, the only child of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder. Lane was the first biographer of Herbert Hoover which led to a friendship with the 31st president that lasted more than 40 years.
Learn more about Laura and Rose at the Hoover Library.
Happy birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder!
Letter from Helen Keller to Herbert Hoover Regarding His Donation to the American Foundation for Overseas Blind, 12/18/1958
Helen Keller wrote letters to eight U.S. Presidents, from Theodore Roosevelt through Lyndon B. Johnson. You can find more Presidential records featuring Helen Keller here.
Thanksgiving Friday instead of Thursday?
A letter to President Herbert Hoover suggesting that Thanksgiving be moved from Thursday to Friday. October 28, 1929.
Before the 1940s, Thanksgiving was not on a fixed date, but was determined each year by a Presidential Proclamation. Read more
-from the Hoover Library
He does make some good points.
Told in Talking Motion Pictures
A campaign truck for Herbert Hoover advertises the new medium of “talking pictures,” 1928.
President Calvin Coolidge did not choose to run for a second term in 1928, and Old Guard Republicans, suspicious of Hoover’s activist approach to government, had little choice but to accept the popular Commerce Secretary. GOP rivals complained in the weeks leading up to the party’s nominating convention in Kansas City that the nation’s small town press contained nothing but publicity for Hoover and Fletcher’s Castoria ads.
More seriously, the man who had fed Belgium, ran the U.S. Food Administration, revolutionized the Department of Commerce and ministered to victims of the Mississippi flood appeared an ideal candidate: more realistic than Wilson, more respectable than Harding, more imaginative than Coolidge and more purely American than his Democratic opponent, New York Governor Alfred E. Smith. Dazzled by his past achievements, few of Hoover’s countrymen stopped to ask whether the Great Engineer had a political temperament. Read More