August 10, 1874: Herbert Hoover, future President of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa. Hoover is best remembered by Jews as the President who nominated Benjamin Cardozo to the Supreme Court in 1932. In his memoirs, Hoover makes only a brief reference to the appointment. There is no mention about the fact that he was Jewish. Hoover was concerned that there might be opposition because appointing Cardozo would mean that there would be two New Yorkers sitting on the High Court. His Congressional supporters advised him that this would not be a problem. So, thanks to a Quaker from Iowa, the Supreme Court found itself with two Jewish Justices (Frankfurter being the other) at a time when anti-Semitism was on the rise in the United States and Europe.
Shown here is a United States stamp honoring the 31st President of the United States.