1954 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"No one else can tell you what you can do. Set your goal, chart your course, and do your very best."
Clifford Hood was born on a farm near Monmouth, Illinois. He began working at the age of 10 as a water boy for a threshing crew. He entered the steel industry in 1917 as an operating clerk at American Steel and Wire Company. After serving in World War I, he returned to American Steel and Wire as a foreman, eventually becoming assistant superintendent and then superintendent of the South Works. Later he was named manager of the firm's entire Worcester district operations. He became president of United States Steel Corporation, American Steel and Wire, and Carnegie-Illinois, a subsidiary of American Steel and Wire.* Deceased