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date: 19 October 2019

Hoover, Calvin Brycelocked

(14 April 1897–23 June 1974)
  • Leonard Silk

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Hoover, Calvin Bryce (14 April 1897–23 June 1974), economist and educator, was born in the village of Berwick, Illinois, the son of John Calvin Hoover, a railroad worker and part-time farmer, and Margaret Delilah Roadcap. Hoover grew up poor. His father was a railroad section gang foreman, and he himself worked as a “gandy dancer” in his father’s gang during summer vacations, weekends, and holidays. He also helped his father farm the rented land that he was sharecropping. He never forgot what it was like to be poor. In his memoirs, he tells of going down to the railroad station to watch the trains come in wearing old clothes and carrying a rifle with a broken stock held together by twine and having a passenger shout at him, “Shades of ...

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