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Benjamin Turner Hobbs, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1853
Death: Oct. 19, 1910

Full Name: Benjamin Turner Harrison Hobbs, Sr.

Special thanks to Caroline Passmore for the biography of Mr. Hobbs.

Benjamin Turner Hobbs, from Hinds County, MS, was about 16 years of age in 1871, when he applied for a job as an apprentice printer with the Newton Ledger. Twelve years later, on February 22, 1883, B. T. Hobbs published the first issue of The Brookhaven Leader, with the help of his wife, Lena Menger Hobbs. Bill Jacobs, Editor of the present day Daily Leader, described Hobbs as "a fiery editor who had strong convictions and refused to give into threats and intimidation by those who disagreed with his opinion. And he had many strong opinions!"

The newspaper remained in the Hobbs family for the next 53 years, before being sold to the Becker family, and next to the Dalton Brady family in 1942. The Jacobs family bought the paper in 1958, and it continues to be run by the second generation of that family, remaining one of only a few hundred independent family owned daily newspapers left in this country by 2010.

B. T. Hobbs' grandson, the late Henry Ware Hobbs, Jr. wrote in the 100th Daily Leader anniversary edition of his grandfather's many journalistic crusades and the resulting backlash they sometimes brought. He reported the most memorable events included "his being shot or shot at, more than once; being beaten and left for dead; having his newspaper plant threatened with burning; and his being burned in effigy at a public meeting!" B.T. Hobbs is buried in the section of Rosehill Cemetery, that was named Editor's Row, by his grandson, Henry Ware Hobbs, Jr.

[Material for this biography was obtained from excerpts taken from several articles written by Bill Jacobs covering the history of the Daily Leader, Brookhaven, MS, and published in that local newspaper:
02/26/2001: "Leader Marks 118 years of Serving Community"
11/01/2006: "Work Uncovers Memories of Earlier Leader Days"
05/27/2010" "Story of the Daily Leader"]

Family links: 
  Lena Charlotte Menger Hobbs (1861 - 1939)
  Paul M. Hobbs (1882 - 1938)*
  Mary Menger Hobbs (1886 - 1968)*
  Benjamin Turner Hobbs (1890 - 1892)*
  Lena Merle Hobbs (1894 - 1895)*
  Henry Ware Hobbs (1898 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
"A noble man is missing from the front ranks in the field. A voice is hushed that never spoke except for truth and right."
Rose Hill Cemetery
Lincoln County
Mississippi, USA
Plot: Section 6 Lot 3
Created by: Denise Flynn
Record added: Jul 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39974493
Benjamin Turner Hobbs, Sr
Added by: Caroline Passmore
Benjamin Turner Hobbs, Sr
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- Denise Flynn
 Added: Mar. 1, 2011

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