Herbert Hoover and Senator Jacob Javits

As mentioned, one of the keys in to a great American History figure is how many younger people they bring into the system. In this category President Herbert Hoover has three-here I will mention Jacob Javits.

In 1928, as a young attorney New York, Jacob Javits joined the East Side Republican Club in New York. That year he cast his first Presidential vote for Herbert Hoover. The Democrats nominated Governor Al Smith of New York. Smith was a reform Governor instituting such things as civil service, increased pay and benefits for labor, worker’s compensation, better public schools, and new building construction.

Nevertheless, Javits thought that Hoover was Smith’s equal in these areas and exceeded him in others. Al Smith seldom really left his native New York State. Herbert Hoover worked in mining in every continent; administered relief in Europe during World War I; was Food Administrator under President Wilson after the United States entered the war; served on the peace commission at Versailles; and was Secretary of Commerce for eight years under Harding and Coolidge. Herbert Hoover believed in associations from labor, government, and management working toward the goal of full employment. Prior to the convention, Hoover introduced his plan for public service jobs and an integration of rail and waterways transportation. All of Hoover’s comprehensive plans impressed Javits.

Javits continued supporting President Hoover in 1932, with the Depression the major issue. Franklin Roosevelt really ran a contradictory campaign. He called for more social planning one occasion; then criticized the President for having planned too much. Franklin Roosevelt wanted strict security regulation; then suggested trust busting rather than regulation. He called for free trade one day; then tariff protection the next. Roosevelt’s only consistent theme was he would balance the budget after the record deficits under President Hoover.

Jacob Javits served as Attorney General of New York and United States Senator from 1956 to 1980.


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