Herbert Clark Hoover

His Role in the 1930's as President of the U.S.A

How Did He Get Elected?

Herbert Hoover was a well reputed man for the job of president and won his election in a landslide over his opponent Alfred E. Smith. The people expected great things from Hoover.

What He Did

Herbert Hoover was basically trying to put out a forest fire with a water gun (metaphorically). He tried fixing an economic recession using laissez-faire (which means letting the economy resolve itself), thus resulting in the Great Depression.

How Did the People Feel About Hoover?

Initially, people in the 1930's were fine with Hoover and the fluctuating economy. He and many others thought that this was normal. After years of hearing that things would get better eventually, the people began to hate Hoover and blamed him for all the problems.


Hoover said "Given the chance to go forward with the policies of the last eight years, we shall soon with the help of God, be in sight of the day when poverty will be banished from this nation". A few months later the stock market crash of 1929 occurred and the economy spiraled downward.

His Dog

Perhaps the most important part of Hoover was his dog, King Tut. Tut was a German Shepard that Hoover got while in Europe. King Tut was vital in Hoover's election because he was in many photos with Hoover. In one of the more famous pictures Hoover is holding his dogs paw in his hands as if they are pleading for a vote.
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