A great profession


Journal Article

Herbert Clark Hoover was among the first class of students to enrol in Leland Stanford Junior University when it opened its doors in 1891. His organizational skills and mining-engineering experience in marshaling large work forces engaged in moving vast quantities of materials under restricted circumstances proved to be outstanding preparation for leading the humanitarian efforts that he did when World War I broke out. This led to his appointment as US Secretary of Commerce during the Harding and Coolidge administrations and laid the foundations for the federal regulation of commercial aviation and radio broadcasting. Hoover's involvement in relief and politics led to his being elected president in 1928, but served only one term, being defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petroski, H

Published Date

  • January 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 94 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 304 - 307

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-0996

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1511/2006.60.3490

Citation Source

  • Scopus