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Advertisement “Jack” joins Hoover lineage
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · August 23, 2013


John Avlon and Margaret Hoover welcomed a baby boy — “Jack” — at 7:23 p.m. Aug. 14, 2013.


“A beautiful brave mother and proud papa are very happy to announce the arrival of one of the newest souls on the planet,” John Avlon wrote early on Aug. 15 in an e-mail to the Times.

The baby, John Andrew Hoover “Jack” Avlon was expected the same day as West Branch native and 31st President Herbert Hoover’s birthday, Aug. 10, but he was born four days later.

“Mother and baby are doing beautifully after the birth, which occurred at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York last night,” the father wrote. “We are thrilled and exhausted and feel thoroughly blessed.”

Jack weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and had a full head of hair.

“(He is) currently sporting a faux-hawk,” John Avlon wrote.

Hoover Library-Museum archivist Matt Schafer said the name “Andrew” is the name of Margaret’s father and brother, but he did not find any “John” in the family tree outside of Margaret’s husband.

Jack is the president’s great-great-grandson.

Here’s the lineage: Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover are the great-great-grandparents, Allen and Margaret C. Hoover are the great-grandparents, Andrew and Jean Hoover are the grandparents and John Avlon and Margaret Hoover are the parents to Jack.

Outside of Jack and his famous Iowa ancestor, Herbert Charles Hoover, the oldest son of Herbert and Lou, was also born in August — Aug. 4, 1903.

Avlon followed up by sending out a message on Twitter on Friday: “Thanks to everyone who gave @MargaretHoover and our baby Jack such a wonderful welcome - its been a blessed first two days on earth for him.”

Margaret Hoover is a conservative author, a political analyst and CNN contributor; John Avlon is also an author, as well as executive editor of The Daily Beast and former speechwriter for New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Among the celebrities to wish them congratulations was Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and Newsweek.

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