William Hooper

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William Hooper

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 14 Oct 1790 (aged 48)
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial* Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina, USA

* This is the original burial site

Plot Left rear corner of graveyard. Removed from here in 1894, many historians believe that much of his remains are still in his original grave
Memorial ID 10100 View Source
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Declaration of Independence Signer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of a minister. His father wanted him to become a minister like himself, but young William wanted to study law. He graduated from Harvard University at age 18, then studied law under the tutelage of James Otis, a strongly patriotic lawyer, who probably influenced his political opinions. After completing his law studies, in 1764, William moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where he set up a legal practice, as Boston had too many lawyers. He quickly became one of North Carolina's leading attorneys. When he was 25, he married Anne Clark of Wilmington, and they would have a daughter and two sons. In 1773, he was elected to the North Carolina colonial legislature, and quickly became noted as a spokesman for American rights. In 1774, he was elected to the First Continental Congress, and remained in Congress in Philadelphia until 1777, when he returned to North Carolina. His patriotism earned him much trouble, for many North Carolinians were loyal to Britain. When the British Army invaded North Carolina, his home was burned to the ground, and he had to flee into the back country to avoid capture, where he caught malaria, from which he would suffer the rest of his life. Although his home was burned down, he favored lenient treatment for loyalists during and after the war, which caused many patriots to believe he was a Loyalist himself. Hooper continued to serve in the North Carolina legislature during and after the war, but his political views of mild treatment for Loyalists caused him to be disliked. He suffered long from his malaria, which was made much worse by heavy drinking. He died in Wilmington in 1790, at the age of 48.

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  • Added: 21 Jun 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Hooper (28 Jun 1742–14 Oct 1790), Find a Grave Memorial ID 10100, citing Hillsborough Old Town Cemetery, Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .