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William HOOPER

(1742-1790)

HOOPER, William, a Delegate from North Carolina; born in Boston, Mass., June 17, 1742; attended the Boston Latin School and was graduated from Harvard College in 1760; studied law; was admitted to the bar; moved to Wilmington, N.C., in 1767, where he began practice; member of the Colonial Assembly of North Carolina 1773-1776; published a series of articles against the Crown and was disbarred for one year; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1777; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; mover for the first Provincial Congress in 1774; member of the State assembly in 1777 and 1778; member of the commission to settle a boundary dispute between Massachusetts and New York in 1786; died in Hillsboro, N.C., October 14, 1790; interment in Guilford Battle Ground, N.C.

Bibliography

Kneif, Robert Charles. “William Hooper, 1742-1790, Misunderstood Patriot.” Ph.D. dissertation, Tulane University, 1980.

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

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