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Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover
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Edward Jean Steichen, 27 Mar 1879 - 25 Mar 1973
Herbert Clark Hoover, 10 Aug 1874 - 20 Oct 1964
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 25.4 × 20.3 cm (10 × 8")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
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Herbert Hoover seemed to be the ultimate problem-solver. As a mining engineer, he had turned marginal operations into thriving enterprises. During World War I, his administration of European food relief was nothing short of brilliant. As secretary of commerce in the 1920s, he transformed a once-sleepy department into a purposeful information clearinghouse. Yet as the Great Depression took hold during the second year of his presidency, Hoover was hard pressed for a solution. Believing in the power of private initiative, he hesitated to initiate federal involvement to revive business. When lengthening bread lines and escalating joblessness finally convinced him of the necessity of such steps, the measures proved inadequate. As a result, Hoover's 1932 reelection bid met with crushing defeat
When president-elect Hoover posed confidently for Steichen's camera, the devastating stock market crash that would doom his presidency lay less than a year away.
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