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William Hooper Papers

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An Episcopalian turned Baptist, Hooper was a Theological professor at Furman Institute, South Carolina, 1838-40; professor at South Carolina College, 1840-46; President of Wake Forest College, 1846-49; teacher in a classical school near Littleton, North Carolina, 1849-51; pastor of New Bern Baptist Church, 1852-54; President of Chowan Female Collegiate Institute, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, 1855-61; teacher in the Female Seminary, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1861-65; and associate principal with his son-in-law, John D. Hooper of Wilson Collegiate Seminary for Young Ladies, 1866-76. He moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he died Aug. 19, 1876.

His papers contain biographical and family files; correspondence to his wife Frances Pollock Jones Hooper, 1834-35; his daughter Mary Elizabeth, 1834, his son-in-law John DeBernier Hooper, 1838, 1875; Marie J. Battle, 1867; and Elton Romeo, 1839. There are two diaries: the 1823 diary records his trip to Virginia and visit with Thomas Jefferson; the 1859-60, and 1862 diary entries are brief and refer to his teaching with his son in Murfreesboro, and Fayetteville. Pictorial materials include photographs of Hooper, and his grandfather William Hooper, the signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Biographical and Historical Note

An Episcopalian turned Baptist, Hooper was a Theological professor at Furman Institute, South Carolina, 1838-40; professor at  South Carolina College, 1840-46; President of  Wake Forest College, 1846-49; teacher in a classical school near Littleton, North Carolina, 1849-51; pastor of  New Bern Baptist Church, 1852-54; President of  Chowan Female Collegiate Institute, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, 1855-61; teacher in the  Female Seminary, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1861-65; and associate principal with his son-in-law,  John D. Hooper of  Wilson Collegiate Seminary for Young Ladies, 1866-76. He moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he died Aug. 19, 1876.

Collection Overview

His papers contain biographical and family files; correspondence to his wife Frances Pollock Jones Hooper, 1834-35; his daughter  Mary Elizabeth, 1834, his son-in-law  John DeBernier Hooper, 1838, 1875; Marie J. Battle, 1867; and Elton Romeo, 1839. There are two diaries: the 1823 diary records his trip to Virginia and visit with  Thomas Jefferson; the 1859-60, and 1862 diary entries are brief and refer to his teaching with his son in Murfreesboro, and Fayetteville. Pictorial materials include photographs of Hooper, and his grandfather William Hooper, the signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographical/Genealogical
    • Biography Files, containing a booklet of biographicl sketches sketches from various printed works; and correspondence relating to Hooper and other family members. (1850-1980, Undated, (1915),) / Box 1 Folder 1
    • Biographical sketch copied by Frances DeBernier Hooper [grandaughter] (ca. 1900.) / Box 1 Folder 2
  • Correspondence
    • Incoming
      • Hooper, John DeBernier, (undated.) / Box 1 Folder 3
    • Outgoing
      • Battle, Marie J. Letter from Wilson, North Carolina, re: teaching position at the Wilson Collegiate Seminary for Young Ladies. (Nov. 13, 1867,) / Box 1 Folder 4
      • Elton, Romeo. Letter from Furman Institute, (Oct. 14, 1839.) / Box 1 Folder 5
      • Hooper, Mary Elizabeth [daughter]. Letters from Charleston, South Carolina re: his trip. (Dec. 27 and Dec. 29, 1834) / Box 1 Folder 6
      • Hooper, Frances Pollock Jones [wife]. Letters from Charleston, South Carolina re: his trip. (Dec. 29, 1834 and Jan. 8, 1835.) / Box 1 Folder 7
      • Hooper, John DeBernier [son-in-law]. Letter from Camden, South Carolina re: his travels, letter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, re: accidental death of his cousin in 1806. (Feb. 4, 1838; Oct. 28, 1875) / Box 1 Folder 8
  • Diaries
    • "Diary of My Travels" . Photocopy of Hooper's diary from Aug. 25, to Oct. 23, 1823 of his travels in Virginia, including his visit with Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, The Jefferson visit portion of the diary has been typewritten. (Sept. 20.) / Box 1 Folder 9
    • Personal diary, and from Feb. 1, to Oct. 19, 1862. Entries are from Murfreesboro, Fayetteville, and Warrenton, North Carolina (1859-60,) / Box 1 Folder 10
  • Pictorial
    • Hooper, William. Photograph. / Box 1 Folder 11
    • Hooper, William (Signer). Photograph. / Box 1 Folder 12
    • Hooper, William. Photocopies of two photographs and one engraving. / Box 1 Folder 13
    • Hooper, Mrs. Frances Pollock Jones. Photocopy of a silhouette of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus, (1814.) / Box 1 Folder 14
  • Writings
    • Hooper, William, D.D. LL.D, "Fifty Years Since: An Address Before the Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina" ...,  North Carolina University Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 10 579-611. (June 1st, 1859. (June 1860),) / Box 1 Folder 15

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Hooper, William, 1792-1876.
Title
William Hooper papers
ID
MS56
Date [inclusive]
1823-1980
Extent
0.25 linear feet  one half letter box
Mixed materials [Box]
1

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2004
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
MS 56, William Hooper Papers, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

General note

MS 56

See also: New Bern Baptist Church records (CRMF689); Samuel Wait papers (MS117); Wilson First Baptist Church records (CRMF767)

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