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1953 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Herbert C. Hoover*

Thirty-first President of the United States

"Only in America can a boy who was orphaned at age seven grow up to be President of the United States."

Herbert Hoover was orphaned at an early age and lived with an uncle in Oregon. He earned money as a farm laborer and office boy. He worked his way through Stanford University by serving as a secretary and by managing both a newspaper route and a laundry agency. He earned a degree in geology and became an engineer for the U. S. Geological Survey and other mining companies throughout the world. He was drafted by the American ambassador to direct the relief of 16 million people in Belgium and northern France during World War I. He was the U. S. Food Administrator, and after the Armistice, the Allied governments drafted him to direct the relief and reconstruction in Europe, involving more than 320 million people. He served as the Secretary of Commerce under Harding in 1921. In 1929, Hoover became the thirty-first president of the United States.

* Deceased