Lou Henry Hoover: The Desk Story

Presidential History Blog

In 1914 when World War I began in Europe, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover were millionaires, living in a posh London townhouse.

The Millionaire Part

Neither of the Hoovers were born rich. Lou’s family were solidly middle class, but hardly wealthy. Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), on the other hand, was a poor farm boy completely orphaned by nine, and sent to live with relatives.

Bert circa 1899-12 copy Herbert Hoover became a millionaire by the time he was thirty. It was all due to his own talents and energy – and a little luck.

It was entirely by his own talents, energies, hard work and determination that he achieved spectacular success as a mining engineer, and by age 25, was paid almost as much as the President of the United States. At 30, he was a millionaire, and at the time of World War I, he had consulting offices in six countries.

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