Comrades in Arms
Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were not always political enemies. In fact, as junior members of Woodrow Wilson's War Cabinet, they were colleagues who shared a common cause. Both men put great faith in Wilson and Wilsonian ideals and both worked very hard to advance those ideals.
It would be too much to say that these two ambitious young men became friends as a result of their shared experiences, but they did socialize on a number of occasions during the war years. It would be reasonable to assume that the two men admired one another for their respective political and administrative skills.
Their working relationship changed significantly after the election of 1920, however. Although Roosevelt and Franklin Lane had tried to persuade Hoover to declare himself a Democrat, he chose the Republican Party. As Roosevelt carried the vice-presidential banner for the Democrats in the presidential election, Hoover worked to elect Warren Harding and was later rewarded with the post of Secretary of Commerce.
Outside of government for the first time in a number of years, Roosevelt became the president of the American Construction Council, an industry association of home builders and contractors. And as ACC president, Roosevelt came in frequent contact with Hoover and his Commerce Department. Together these two men and their respective organizations helped to shaped the dynamic growth of the housing industry in the United States in the 1920s. Through war and