Secretary of Commerce, Undersecretary of Everything Else
Herbert Hoover as Department of Commerce Secretary, 1921-1928
Before he became president, Herbert Hoover rose to prominence as one of the most effective and influential members of Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge’s cabinets. From the desk you see [located in the Commerce Research Library], Hoover transformed the Department of Commerce into one of the most powerful federal agencies of its time. This display explores Hoover’s time as Secretary of Commerce, and the many initiatives the department took on under his leadership.