Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ten Things Tuesday

Yesterday we visited Herbert Hoover's Presidential Library and museum. Here are some things about him that I'd either forgotten or just plain did not know:

1. He was a Quaker.

2. He attended Stanford, where he met his wife, Lou Henry, also a native of Iowa.

3. His wife and 2 sons were scheduled to be on the USS Lusitania in 1915, but canceled their trip 2 days prior. Good move, since it was sunk by a German U-boat.

4. He spent $1.5 million of his own money to help Americans who were stranded in Europe at the start of WW 1 home. All but $400 was returned to him.

5. He helped get food to starving children in Europe- especially Belgium.

6. He was responsible for starting the campaign to standardize the measurements of things - like milk bottle caps, counter heights, nuts and bolts.

7. He wrote The Child's Bill of Rights.

8. He gave his presidential salary to charity- never taking any money he earned in public office for his private use.

9. Was instrumental in the building of the Hoover Dam, which I've never seen, but looks AMAZING.

10.Died at the ripe old age of 90. He and his wife are both buried in West Branch, Iowa.


Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

Can you publish here the Child's Bill of Rights? I've never heard of such a thing...

Happy Tuesday!

3/25/2008 7:28 PM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

mrs. chili-
I will do some more investigating- I tried to find it online, but was unsuccessful-

3/25/2008 10:02 PM  
Blogger Sojourner said...

Wow- I think I would have liked him. Thanks for the enlightenment on a little known (by me) president.

3/27/2008 11:35 PM  

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