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Hoover, Herbert William (30 October 1877–11 September 1954), industrialist, was born in New Berlin (now North Canton), Ohio, the son of William Henry Hoover, a saddle maker, and Susan Troxel. Hoover, who liked to be called “H. W.,” graduated from high school in 1895 and entered Hiram College, which he left in 1897. In 1898 he joined the his father’s successful saddlery business, W. H. Hoover Company, making saddles, harnesses, and other leather goods. In 1903, when the firm was incorporated, Hoover’s father became president and Hoover served as vice president, focusing his attention on the new line of leather products for automobiles. In 1905 he married Grace Louise Steele, the daughter of a New Berlin doctor; they had four children....