Herbert Hoover


Greg Carlson as Hoover in Mercedes Ray.

Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964), the 31st President of the United States, was a world-famous mining engineer and humanitarian administrator.

A fictionalized version of Herbert Hoover was portrayed by Greg Carlson in the film Mercedes Ray, where Hoover displays his dance skills to his fellow U.S. Presidents.

About HooverEdit

Hoover deeply believed in the Efficiency Movement (a major component of the Progressive Era), arguing that there were technical solutions to all social and economic problems. That position was challenged by the Great Depression, which began in 1929, the first year of his presidency. He energetically tried to combat the depression with many new programs, such as the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, but none of them worked since he and Congress failed to acknowledge the disastrous effects of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930, which throttled US trade, engendered retaliatory tariffs, and began a cascade of international bank failures. The consensus among historians is that Hoover's defeat in the 1932 election was caused primarily by failure to end the downward spiral into deep depression, compounded by popular opposition to prohibition, Hoover's lack of charisma in relating to voters, and his poor skills in working with politicians.


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