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Ben Hooper Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MPA-0311

  • Staff Only

This letter (March 17, 1900) announces Hooper's intention to be a candidate to the National Convention and expresses Hooper's hope for help from an old friend, an unidentified Paul.

Dates

  • 1900

Language of Materials note

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Modern Political Archives are housed at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Researchers interested in consulting the MPA collections are advised to contact the Modern Political Archives .

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Modern Political Archives .

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Abstract

This letter (March 17, 1900) announces Hooper's intention to be a candidate to the National Convention and expresses Hooper's hope for help from an old friend, an unidentified Paul.

Biographical/Historical Note

The son of Sarah Wade and Dr. Lemuel Washington Hooper, Ben Walter Hooper was born on October 13, 1870 in Newport, Tennessee as Bennie Walter Wade. After years of moving around East Tennessee, his mother eventually placed him in St. John's Orphanage in Knoxville, Tennessee. However, by the age of nine he was legally adopted by his biological father and spent the rest of his childhood in Newport, Tennessee. Hooper graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1890 before studying law under Judge Horace Nelson Cate which led to his admission to the bar in 1894. He was captain of Company C, Sixth United States Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War after serving two terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1893 through 1897.

After the war, Hooper settled down to practice law in Newport and married Anna Belle Jones with whom he eventually had five children. By 1906, he was again ready to enter politics when he was appointed assistant United States attorney for the Eastern Tennessee District, a position he held until his bipartisan-supported election as governor of Tennessee in 1910. He served as governor of Tennessee until 1915 at which point he returned to his Newport law practice. He ran for United States Senate twice in 1916 and 1934, but was defeated each time. In 1920, Hooper was appointed to the United States Railroad Labor Board in Chicago by President Warren G. Harding. In his later years, Hooper held a position as a chief land purchasing agent for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and also served as vice-chairman for Tennessee's 1953 Limited Constitutional Convention. He also authored two books, "Elections in Tennessee" (1946) and "The Unwanted Boy" (posthumously 1963). Hooper died in 1957 of pneumonia.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.2327.

Processing Information note

This collection was arranged and described by Yvonne M. Socha in May 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480