Former President Herbert Hoover, at Seventy-Five, Confesses His Hope to Make Ninety - Which He Did

September 25, 1949

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Former President Herbert Hoover, at Seventy-Five, Confesses His Hope to Make Ninety - Which He Did
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      To the Goodyear Tire founder and philanthropist F.A. Seiberling, then celebrating a 90th birthday, a spritely Herbert Hoover, age 75, confesses that he too hopes to clock ninety.

      Hoover got his wish; he died at ninety, in 1964 - then the second longest-lived President, bested only by John Adams, who lasted 76 days longer. Since Hoover's demise, however, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan place first and second in the longevity stakes.

      Typed Letter Signed, 1 page, quarto, on his personal letterhead, Waldorf-Astoria Towers, New York, September 25, 1949. To F.A. Seiberling in Akron.
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      HERBERT HOOVER

      The Waldorf-Astoria Towers
      New York 22, New York
      September 25, 1949

      Dear Mr. Seiberling:

      I wish to join in the greetings on your 90th birthday.  I have a particular reason because having already become over-aged, you give me hope of another fifteen years.

      You have had a long and useful life.  Both your own community and the country at large are better for your having lived.

      With kind regards.

      Yours faithfully,

      HERBERT HOOVER


      Honorable F. A. Seiberling
      Stan Hywet Hall
      Akron
      Ohio