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Smedley Butler and Herbert Hoover. Fact or fiction?



WAISers find Smedley Butler a fascinating character. Ed Jayko clarifies his educational record:

"Haverford College was indeed founded by Quakers and, like Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr, is an excellent school deserving of encomia. But Smedley Butler went to the Haverford SCHOOL, which is a preparatory school that includes elementary, middle, and high school grades. He lied about his age to join the Marines and was in the Corps during the years when he might have attended the college". Butler was obviously revolting against something. His parents? Quaker education? My guess is that he was rowdy and a problem child, a headache for his teachers.

Dave Bridgman of Stanford Law Library writes: "I did not find any U.S. Supreme Court decision, or any other court decision for that matter, involving Herbert Hoover and Gen. Smedley Butler. Perhaps the other part of the question could be answered in Smedley Butler's small book: War is a Racket, published in 1935, unfortunately Stanford does not own this book". It must be out of print, but the text may be found in an online reference I gave. Poor Hoover. He must have suffered like Butler's teachers at Haverford School. Butler and his likes would discourage any sane person from going into politics. I suppose it is a variant of the survival of the fittest, the law of the jungle. Well, I wonder. Butler was a great jungle fighter, but he lost out in politics.

Ronald Hilton - 2/14/02


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