Before he was President: Herbert Hoover

Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933 Geologist/engineer
Before the U.S. economy began to fail, Hoover succeeded in the business world. Herbert Hoover graduated in 1895 with a degree in geology. He served as a geologist and mining engineer while searching the Western Australian gold fields in 1897. After being appointed mine manager at 23, he mined the Sons of Gwalia gold mine, and also the Big Bell, Cue, Leonora, Menzies and Coolgardie mines. He continued his mining and engineering career until 1908, when he became an independent mining consultant. He was elected to office in 1928. (Gwalia Historic Site and "Hoover's Gold," from Australian Broadcasting Corp.)

He worked as an engineer and invented a new process to extract zinc that was lost to the mining process. He started the Zinc Corp. in the early part of the 20th century, and it later became part of a larger corporation. Source

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
Born into an extremely wealthy family, Franklin Roosevelt's childhood and early adult years were focused on higher education. His wife Eleanor is probably as much responsible for Franklin's professional success as he is. Neither were strangers to vast amounts of money, though. Both were distant family relatives of Theodore Roosevelt, who left a fortune to the members of his family.

Once, while Franklin and Eleanor were on a second honeymoon trip in Europe, a French fortune teller told them that Eleanor would inherit a fortune and that Franklin would become the President of the United States. As a side note, Franklin Roosevelt himself documented the incredible amount of money he and Eleanor spent on their European trip.

Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 Haberdasher (seller of clothing and tailoring), farmer
In 1921 Truman’s salary was probably close to nothing. He was living in debt and trying to keep his failing business open.

One point many historians made about this time was that Truman and his partner agreed to continue paying on the debt they incurred even though they were forced out of business.

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