Hoover the Fishing President
Portrait of the Private Man and his Adventurous Life Outdoors
An intensely private and shy man, Hoover the person was largely unknown to the American public. In this extensively researched biography devoted to the angling side of Hoover, author Hal Elliott Wert examines the often overlooked life of the thirty-first US president.
In a presidency plagued by the Depression, in a time when the country was poised between the agrarian society of the past and the advent of a modern professional class, Herbert Hoover faced numerous challenges. A thinker and a doer who shaped the way we live today, Hoover found relief from the stresses of his professional life in his pastime, fishing.
Herbert Hoover fished near his hometown of West Branch, Iowa, as a boy and then moved to Oregon, where he fished the Rogue, Willamette, McKenzie, and Columbia rivers. As a young man, he attended Stanford and fished and camped throughout the West during breaks. He fished and spent time in the outdoors throughout his life and especially in his years as president. He founded Cave Man Camp at Bohemian Grove north of San Francisco, a yearly getaway for powerful Republicans, and Camp Rapidan in Virginia while he was in the White House.
In addition to freshwater fishing, Hoover enjoyed fishing the salt. On trips to Florida later in his life, he stalked bonefish and fished for permit and the larger species, such as sailfish
Reviews for Hoover the Fishing President
Wert’s own knowledgeable enthusiasm about the places where Hoover fished, as well as his tireless research in the local newspapers, diaries, and other rarely used records from which he has assembled the story of Hoover’s passion for fishing, make this book unique.
K. A. Clements, author of Hoover, Conservation, Consumerism
With verve and insight, Hal Elliott Wert traces Hoover’s remarkable lifelong adventures as a fisherman and thereby opens a window on Hoover’s soul.
George H Nash, author of The Life of Herbert Hoover
An intimate story of an enigmatic man admired by millions yet known to very few. By approaching him through his private passion, Wert brings Hoover’s complex and engaging personality to life in ways that books concentrating on his public life could only dream.
Kenneth Whyte, author of Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times