John Edgar Hoover was a DC resident from start to finish. He was born on New Year's Day in 1895 in Washington, the youngest of the three surviving children born to Dickerson Naylor Hoover and Annie Marie Scheitlin Hoover. (Annie Hoover’s uncle had been the Swiss honorary consul general to the U.S.) Dickerson Naylor Hoover worked for the government and Hoover’s older older brother worked for the U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service.
The Hoovers lived in a two-story stucco house at 413 Seward Square, then a middle class neighborhood made up mostly of federalmiddle managers. Hoover would live there for forty-three years, moving out only when his mother had died. Hoover's two cousins grew up in the house next door. Cousin Harold Hitz Burton, would later became the Republican mayor of Cleveland who hired Eliot Ness and eventually a Supreme Court justice.
At age 12, Edgar, dubbed “Speed” carried groceries for extra money" In those daysZ” he once said “markets did not hire delivery boys, but I discovered that if one stood outside a store, a customer laden with purchases would happily accept a helping hand and gratefully tip anyone who aided with a heavy load. I realized that the quicker I could complete each chore, the more money I could earn, so I spent most of my time running."
Hoover was a dog lover, all seven of which had little graves in the Aspen Hill Pet Cemetery. Spee Dee's headstone said," In Memory of Spee Dee Bozo. Born July 3, 1922. Died May 24, 1934. Our best friend."
He turned down a scholarship to the prestigious University of Virginia and enrolled in a work-study program for government employees at George Washington University in D.C. and worked part time at the Library of Congress for four years and a half years there (1913 to 1917), at a top pay of $70 a month. Hoover's first job in the Justice Department was a $900 a year clerk position in the files division. In less than a year, he was promoted to "attorney" with a salary of $1800 a year.
He is buried with his family at the Congressional Cemetery.