Not all presidents have come from the big prestigious schools, some came from small prestigious Oregon schools!

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Herbert Hoover - Photo Courtesy of SDASM ArchivesYep, Oregon has a president that attended one of Oregon’s best colleges and it wasn’t Oregon State or University of Oregon, it was Pacific Academy. OK, now I can see all of you Oregon residents turning to each other and saying, “Pacific Academy, don’t you mean Pacific University?” Nope, it was Pacific Academy and is now better known as George Fox College.

Many famous people have graduated from George Fox. One that I’ve loved for years, because of his comedy radio show, was Dr. Demento who brought us “Weird” Al Yankovic and many other great comedy geniuses. But, who was the president that attended but didn’t graduate from George Fox? President Herbert Hoover, our countries 31st president. He attended Pacific for two years before working as an office assistant at his uncle’s real estate office in Salem, Oregon! Yep, we had a president that worked in the real estate industry.

President Hoover lived a hard life, having been left an orphan at age nine, but he certainly didn’t let that hold him back and he showed that even in the face of adversity that you can do anything you set your mind to!


Information obtained from Wikipedia and the Oregon Historical Society.

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Bryan Watkins
LRA Real Estate Group - Mesa, AZ

Nice info. Thanks for the history lesson. I love history and events.

Aug 09, 2010 05:45 PM #1
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

It is important that the ruling class realize there are other schools other than Harvard.

Aug 09, 2010 06:49 PM #2
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

President Hoover was a fly fisherman and loved to visit the wonderful McKenzie River - east of Eugene-Springfield, OR.

Aug 09, 2010 07:19 PM #3
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
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Todd, you find the best tidbits of info on your area!  And I love your sage advice;  even in the face of adversity you can do anything you set your mind to!

Aug 10, 2010 12:08 AM #4
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Great post...always found it interesting going back to high schoold reunion & finding that the 'C' student was the one who had built a huge successful business from the ground up...your point being it's what you are made of & put into life

Aug 10, 2010 01:27 AM #5
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Todd, I'm a bit of a history buff and love this kind of unusual facts that we can dig up on famous people that originally hailed from our area.  Good detective work.

Aug 10, 2010 03:24 AM #6
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

That was a great post. It was full of interesting information and motivational at the same time! Thanks!

Aug 10, 2010 04:40 AM #7
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

"Not all presidents have come from the big prestigious schools, "

Thank God for that!

Prestigious schools are like celebrities more often than not they're much more trouble than their worth!

As to President Hoover, I love his Dam I spent much os 20 years floating on the back waters and I can't imagine life with out his cleaner.  8>)



Aug 10, 2010 04:50 AM #8
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Todd I get sick and tired of hearing how great Yale, Harvard and Princeton are.  I believe most of these kids are spoiled punks.  Let them persevere and have to get a job while in school and build some real character.

Aug 10, 2010 08:17 AM #9
Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

Thats cool I never knew that.  That is way cool

Aug 10, 2010 11:23 AM #10
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

And look at President Frankllin Roosevelt. He was struck with polio in 1921 and went on to be the first President to be elected to four terms.

Aug 10, 2010 04:46 PM #11
Respect Realty LLC
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He was one of the ones that had to work hard to get where he got to and he never seemed to have forgotten that.

Nov 06, 2010 12:39 PM #12
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