What world-famous mining engineer, humanitarian, and American president said this?
“Our Founding Fathers did not invent the priceless boon of individual freedom and respect for the dignity of men. That great gift to mankind sprang from the Creator and not from governments.”
This son of a Quaker blacksmith was the first U.S. President born west of the Mississippi River. His 140th birthday was this past Sunday, August 10, 2014.
Who is he?
He was a superb mining engineer and administrator, well-known for turning marginal mining operations into very profitable enterprises all over the world. By the time he reached 40, his engineering efforts had made him a millionaire, and he devoted the remaining 50 years of his life to public service.
In gratitude for his World War I work organizing food supplies for Belgium after Germany overran the country, Belgian school children raised funds for a statue on the grounds of his presidential museum. Following the war he administered feeding programs for starving millions in central Europe and Russia.
Who was this creationist president who demonstrated such great concern for his fellow man?
This man was Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), the 31st president of the United States. He spoke the words of the opening quote on the occasion of his 80th birthday in his hometown of West Branch, Iowa.
Prior to becoming president, Hoover served both Presidents Harding and Coolidge as Secretary of Commerce.
Hoover’s brilliant administrative and humanitarian work in helping 1.5 million people displaced from their homes by the 1927 Mississippi River Flood earned him national recognition. He mobilized state and local governments, army engineers, militia, volunteers, and relief agencies to address the food, shelter, and health needs of the flooded-out Americans.
The resulting national appreciation led to Herbert Hoover’s landslide election as President in 1928, even though he had never previously held elective office.
In his inaugural address, he said,
“If we hold the faith of the men in our mighty past who created these ideals, we shall leave them heightened and strengthened for our children…I ask the help of Almighty God in this service to my country.”
In his 1931 Memorial Day Address at Valley Forge during the Depression, President Hoover said,
“If, by the grace of God, we stand steadfast in our great traditions through this time of stress, we shall insure that we and our sons and daughters shall see these fruits increased many fold.”
In 1935 Hoover said,
“Our Constitution…is based upon certain inalienable freedoms and protections which in no event the government may infringe…It does not require a lawyer to interpret those provisions. They are as clear as the Ten Commandments…Behind them is the conception which is the highest development of the Christian faith-the conception of individual freedom with brotherhood.”
For 45 years (1899-1944) his wife Lou Henry Hoover was at his side, until she died of a heart attack. They originally met as students at Stanford. Lou was athletic with an analytical mind and an independent spirit. She was the first woman to graduate from Stanford with a geology degree. Lou Henry was involved in her husband’s humanitarian causes. She also designed the presidential retreat Camp Rapidan, their California home on the Stanford campus, and directed the restoration of her husband’s birthplace cottage in West Branch, IA. The Hoovers had two sons: Herbert, Jr. born in 1903 and Allan born in 1907.
In September 2013 we visited the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, along with the Visitor Center. The National Historic site is very conveniently located just 0.3 mile north of I-80 at exit 254.
Astonishingly, we were practically the only visitors. Here’s a picture of our vehicle in the empty parking lot. I could hardly believe that we had such an interesting historical place all to ourselves.
A fascinating peep into history awaits visitors to the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. In addition to the Hoover Presidential Library, Museum, and Visitor Center, we toured Hoover’s birthplace cottage, a restored blacksmith shop similar to the one his father Jesse owned, the Quaker Meeting House, the school house, and the grave site of Mr. and Mrs. Hoover.
At Herbert Hoover’s 80th birthday celebration in 1954, he said,
“A nation is strong or weak, it thrives or perishes upon what it believes to be true. If our youth are rightly instructed in the faith of our fathers…then our power will be stronger.”
“To this whole gamut of Socialist infections, I say to you…God has blessed us with…heritage. The great documents of that heritage are not from Karl Marx. They are from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States. Within them alone can the safeguards of freedom survive.”
Hoover considered the Bible to be one of the foundational documents of the United States. And he listed it ahead of the Declaration of Independence, and ahead of the Constitution.
We could use a man like Herbert Hoover again – a man with active faith in the Creator, one with selfless concern for his fellow man, and one with the necessary administrative ability to effectively manage and slim down our bloated government. Hoover believed in the Creator, the God of the Bible, and he lived his life by the dictates of that Book. Hoover was not duped by the evolutionism that deludes so many intellectuals today. How foolish is the arrogance and hubris of today–where man thinks he is so advanced and despises the wisdom of previous generations regarding the existence of a Creator!
Belief in a Creator is common sense based on looking at what has been created, just as
Paul the Apostle (Romans 1:18-23),
President Thomas Jefferson,
Sir Isaac Newton,
Dr. Werner von Braun,
George Washington Carver,
and innumerable others have argued. These men believed in a Creator and Intelligent Designer. None would have been fooled by the evolutionism that hoodwinks so many today. Throughout history the vast majority of mankind has known that there must be a Creator.
Hoover believed in the Creator and lived his life in honorable service to mankind. Today’s intellectuals would do well to pay heed to this mining engineer, humanitarian, Commerce Secretary, statesman, and President — one whose achievements far exceed those of most today.
Questions to Ponder
- What results when a leader does NOT recognize or give credit to the Creator as the Source of individual freedom and human dignity?
- How is the Bible a “safeguard of freedom” as Hoover suggested?
- In what ways was Lou Henry Hoover “a suitable helper” for her husband?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
This is the sixteenth installment in the Famous Thinkers series highlighting great men who believed in the Creator.
Read the prequels:
1. Famous Thinkers – Former U.S. President Supports Intelligent Design
2. Famous Thinkers – Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
3. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Supports Intelligent Design
4. Famous Thinkers – Theologian Testifies for Creation
5. Famous Thinkers – Rocket Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
6. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation
7. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation 2
8. Famous Thinkers – Astronomer Is a Creationist
9. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist
10. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist 2
11. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 1
12. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 2
13. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 3
14. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 4
15. Famous Thinkers – Physician Is a Creationist
Read the sequel:
17. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 1
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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
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Wednesday August 13, 2014 A.D.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)