image preview

Creation Date



Hoover and unidentified man in Lawnchairs.

The future president of the United States *attended Friends Pacific Academy, the precursor to George Fox, for three years beginning in 1885. That fall, Hoover, recently orphaned in Iowa, moved to Newberg, Ore., to live with his uncle and aunt, Dr. Henry John and Laura Ellen Minthorn. From Newberg, he worked briefly in Salem, Ore., before joining the first entering class at Stanford University in 1891. After graduation, he started work doing geological surveys and enjoyed a successful career as a mining engineer and consultant. He would ultimately be named Engineer of the Century, live and work on five continents, and direct some of the greatest humanitarian projects of the early 20th century. He was elected the nation's president in 1928. Hoover considered himself an alumnus of the college, donating to the college and encouraging others to do so also. Hoover donated many of his personal books to the George Fox Library; these books remain in the collections to this day. Newberg held a special place in Hoover’s heart, he returned to fish, spend time with old friends, and visit Evangeline Martin, his childhood Sunday School teacher, throughout his life.


This content is historical in nature. It reflects views of a certain time period and does not necessarily reflect the current or past views of George Fox University. Learn more about GFU’s current vision, mission, and values by visiting the following site:


Herbert Hoover, Photograph