J. Murray Hooker

U.S. Congressperson

1873 – 1940

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Who was J. Murray Hooker?

James Murray Hooker was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Born in Buffalo Ridge, Virginia, Hooker attended the public schools. He was graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and from the law department of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, in 1896. He was admitted to the bar in 1896 and commenced practice in Stuart, Virginia. He served as Commonwealth's attorney for Patrick County, Virginia. He served as delegate to the Virginia constitutional convention in 1901 and 1902. He served as member of the board of visitors to the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington 1901-1906. He served as member of the Virginia Fisheries Commission 1908-1914.

Hooker was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Rorer A. James. He was reelected to the Sixty-eighth Congress and served from November 8, 1921, to March 3, 1925. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1924. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1924. He served as chairman of the Democratic State committee in 1925. He resumed the practice of his profession at Stuart, Virginia, where he died August 6, 1940. He was interred in Stuart Cemetery.

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Oct 29, 1873
  • College of William and Mary
  • Washington and Lee University
Aug 6, 1940

on July 23, 2013


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