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William Henry HOOPER

(1813-1882)

HOOPER, William Henry, a Delegate from the Territory of Utah; born in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Md., December 25, 1813; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to Illinois in 1835 and settled in Galena; engaged in trade on the Mississippi River; moved to Utah in 1850 and settled in Salt Lake City; secretary of the Territory in 1857 and 1858; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress; member of the State senate in 1862; elected to the Thirty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1873); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; engaged in mercantile pursuits and mining operations in Salt Lake City; superintendent of Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution 1873-1877, and its president 1877-1882; president of the Deseret National Bank, Salt Lake City, from 1872 until his death in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 30, 1882; interment in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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