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Flowers left for Lou Hoover
Lou Henry Hoover: madam, you will be remembered as the wife of President of the United StatesHerbert Hoover and served as First Lady from 1929 to 1933. Marrying your engineer husband in 1899, she traveled widely with him, including to Shanghai, China, and became a cultivated scholar and linguist. A proficient Chinese speaker, you are the only First Lady to have spoken an Asian language. You oversaw construction of the presidential retreat at Rapidan Camp inMadison County, Virginia. Also you are the first First Lady to make regular, nationwide radio broadcasts to the American public. In 1894 you enrolled—as the school's only female geology major—at Stanford University, where you met Herbert Hoover, who was then a senior. Both Herbert and you were 24 years old when they married on February 10, 1899, at the home of the bride's parents in Monterey, California. Although raised an Episcopalian, Miss Henry decided to become a Quaker. But because there was no Quaker Meeting in Monterey, they were married in a civil ceremony performed by Father Ramon Mestres, a Roman Catholic priest of the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo. Possessed of a natural ear for languages, you became proficient in Chinese. In the White House, at times, the Hoovers would converse in Chinese to foil eavesdroppers. To date, you are the only First Lady to speak an Asian language. You were also well versed in Latin; you collaborated with your husband in translating Agricola's De Re Metallica, a 16th-century encyclopedia of mining and metallurgy. The Hoover translation was published in 1912, and remains in print today as the standard English translation. During World War I, you assisted your husband in providing relief for Belgian refugees. For your work was decorated in 1919 by King Albert I of Belgium. You distinguished yourself by becoming the first First Lady to broadcast on a regular basis. Although you did not have your own radio program, you participated as a guest speaker on a number of occasions between 1929 and 1933, often advocating for volunteerism, or discussing the work of the Girl Scouts. Radio critics praised you for having an excellent radio voice and for speaking with confidence. As First Lady, you discontinued the New Year's Day reception, the annual open house observance begun by Abigail Adams in 1801. You played a critical role in designing and overseeing the construction of a rustic presidential retreat at Rapidan Camp in Madison County, Virginia. It was a precursor of the current presidential retreat, Camp David. You served as the national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA from 1922 to 1925 while Hoover served in the cabinet of Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge. You served as president again after leaving the White House, from 1935 to 1937. Camp Lou Henry Hoover in Middleville, New Jersey, is named for you and run by the Heart of New Jersey Council of the Girl Scouts. Lou Henry Hoover Elementary School in Whittier was built in 1938 and was named in your honor. In 2005 Lou Henry Elementary School was opened in your honor inWaterloo, Iowa. One of the brick dorms known now as "The Classics" at San Jose State University is named "Hoover Hall" in your honor. You funded the construction of the first Girl Scout house in Palo Alto, California. The oldest Girl Scout house in continuous use, it was called Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House. Lou Henry Hoover: thank you madam for serving as first lady with your husband, Herbert Hoover 1929-1933, served as president! Remembering you today, happy 140th birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Mar. 29, 2014

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