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Hooper shares memories of TN Gov. Hooper

Beth O. Freeman, right, welcomed Judge Ben W. Hooper as keynote speaker to the
Sunday meeting of Smoky Mountain Historical Society on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Published: 8:18 AM, 11/21/2013 Last updated: 8:19 AM, 11/21/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

SEVIERVILLE—To the rest of the world, he was Tennessee's Former Governor Ben W. Hooper, but to Judge Ben. W. Hooper, II, he was "Granddaddy."

"Of course I grew up knowing he had served as Tennessee's governor," Judge Hooper said Sunday at the Smoky Mountain Historical Society’s November meeting, "but I truly didn't know much about his time in office until much later. He was my granddaddy."

The elder Hooper was elected Tennessee's governor in 1910 and sworn into office in 1911. He served two terms and was then defeated in his bid for a third term.

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