After he finished being a child in Iowa, Mr. Hoover went to Stanford University, in California, which was a brand-new school at that time. He graduated in 1895 with a degree in geology. Also while he was there, he met Lou Henry, and later on, he married her. She was also from Iowa, and she also got a degree in geology.
Mr. Hoover went to work for a company that was digging mines in Australia, so he lived there for a while. And later on, he and Mrs. Hoover lived in China. Then World War I came along, so Mr. Hoover did a bunch of work to help supply food and stuff like that to people in Europe who needed it.
That's what Mr. Hoover said, and people believed him. Plus he gave everybody an autographed picture of himself with his dog, King Tut, who was a German Shepherd. And he held King Tut's paws up so that it looked like he was begging for votes for his dad. And everybody liked what Mr. Hoover said, and they liked the photo, and so they voted for him, and he won the election bigtime.
So everybody was mostly happy for about six months until the Stock Market crashed. And when that happened, lots of people lost lots of money, and they lost their jobs, and they lost their homes. And they didn't have any food, so they had to go to soup kitchens to get a little something to eat.
President Hoover didn't really know what to do or how do deal with this horrible situation, so people started blaming him for all the bad stuff that was happening. I don't know if it was really his fault or not because I don't understand all that money stuff, but I do know that President Hoover did not really make it onto the list of the best presidents ever. In my opinion, though, anybody who liked dogs as much as he did couldn't have been all bad.
President Hoover was very sad when King Tut died, but he did not tell the American people that he was sad about his dog because he knew people were worried about lots of other important things, like where to get food to eat. And also President Hoover was a very private man, which is one reason why people didn't like him, because they thought he wasn't very warm and caring. So when President Hoover tried to get re-elected in 1932, he lost to another dog lover named Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
When Mr. Hoover died in 1964, he was 90 years old. He was retired from being President for 31 years, which is the longest retirement yet of any president. I don't know if he still had dogs when he was old, but I like to think that he did.