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to get away from it. Accordingly, there may be some ground for the
statement that it was on this account he resigned his position.
The chief facts in the life of Dr. Hooper are these:10 He was born in
Hillsboro, North Carolina, August 31, 1792. He was the fourth
American in direct life of that name. His father, William Hooper, was
the son of that William Hooper, who coming from Boston, settled in
Wilmington, North Carolina, and as one of North Carolina's delegates
to the Continental Congress of 1776 signed the Declaration of
Independence. His mother was Helen Hogg, daughter of a
distinguished lawyer of Hillsboro.
In 1804 his father died, and his mother moved to Chapel Hill
10 The chief sources for the life of Dr. Hooper are:
1. Obituary notice in Biblical Recorder, August 3, 1876.
2. "A Tribute of Affection to the Memory of Dr. Hooper" by Rev. William Hill
Jordan. Biblical Recorder, September 13, 1876. The statement of the distinguishing
characteristics of Dr. Hooper.
3. Minutes of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina for 1876, a scant
sketch except for quotation from Jordan's tribute.
6. Article in Cathcart's Baptist Encyclopedia, brief.
7. C. E. Taylor, Sketch, drawn from Cathcart and Jordan, Wake Forest Student,
8. Collier Cobb, Sketch in Biographical History of North Carolina, VII, 245-251.
Prepared from materials left by Dr. Hooper.
9. Battle, History of the University of North Carolina, passim. Dr. Battle often
quotes from Dr. Hooper's addresses.
10. Sketch by G. W. Paschal, Wake Forest Student, XLVI, 245-57. Paschal also
gave a sketch of Dr. Hooper's life and works as his Presidential Address before the
North Carolina Literary and Historical Society, December, 1832. This has not been
The following writings of Dr. Hooper may be found in the Wake Forest College
1. Fifty Years Since, Alumni Address, University of North Carolina Com-
mencement, June 17, 1859.
2. The Force of Habit, A Sermon.
3. "On the Deceitfulness of Wickedness of the Heart," Sermon. Southern
Preacher, 1824, pp. 81-92.
4. "On the Way to Acceptance as Pronounced in the Gospel," Sermon. Ibid., pp.
5. Sacredness of Human Life, Literary Address at the Wake Forest College
Commencement of 1857.
6. "On Some Defects of the Schools," Reprinted in Coon, North Carolina
Schools and Academies.
7. The Biblical Recorder for the years before his death, to which Dr. Hooper
contributed articles on a great variety of subjects and in great number.