Hoffman L. Fuller
Hoffman Lee "Hop" Fuller
|6th Mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana, US|
|Preceded by||Thomas Hickman|
|Succeeded by||Burgess McCranie|
|Born||January 5, 1899|
Bossier City, Louisiana, US
|Died||June 20, 1983 (aged 84)|
Bossier City, Louisiana
|Resting place||Hill Crest Memorial Park in Haughton, Louisiana|
|Spouse(s)||Modena P. Fuller|
|Children||Hoffman Franklin Fuller|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
American Expeditionary Force
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Hoffman Lee Fuller, also known as Hop Fuller (January 5, 1899 – June 20, 1983), was a politician and the mayor of his native Bossier City from 1937 to 1953. It is the sister city of Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana.
Work and civic life[edit | edit source]
Fuller worked as a radio dispatcher with the Bossier Water Department. A veteran of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I, he was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Masonic lodge, the Shriners, and Lions International.
Political career[edit | edit source]
In 1941, Fuller, with 1,103 votes, handily won reelection to his second term over H. H. Allen, candidate of a self-proclaimed good government group, the Good Citizens League, who polled 333 votes. A third Democrat, J. C. Thompson, won seventy-four votes.
In 1948, Fuller ran unsuccessfully for the Louisiana Public Service Commission for a seat formerly held by outgoing Governor Jimmie Davis. In 1949, Fuller won the last of his four terms as mayor. He did not seek a fifth term in 1953. Fuller did seek the mayor's office again in 1957, but he was defeated by incumbent Jake W. Cameron.
In August 1950, Fuller joined with Mayor Clyde Fant of Shreveport for a send-off ceremony for some 250 members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve of Charlie Company, 10th Special Infantry Battalion, who were sent into the beginning hostilities of the Korean War. The Marines had trained at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds and left downtown Shreveport from the Texas and Pacific Railway station. It was later demolished to make way for the Shreveport Convention Center. The event was recalled six decades later by The Shreveport Times.
Fuller was still mayor on August 9, 1951, when Governor Earl Kemp Long issued a proclamation changing the designation of Bossier City from town to city. He was in his last year in office on October 21, 1952, when voters adopted the city commission government.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Fuller and his wife Modena had one son, Hoffman Franklin Fuller.
Fuller died in Bossier City in 1983 at the age of eighty-four. Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Bossier City, with then pastor Fred L. Lowery officiating. The Fullers are interred at Hill Crest Memorial Park in Haughton east of Bossier City.
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References[edit | edit source]
- "Hoffman Lee Fuller". The Shreveport Times. June 21, 1983. p. 7-A.
- "Bossier City loses a legend". Bossier Press-Tribune. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- Louise Stinson. "Bossier City History". Retrieved January 3, 2015.
- "Mayor Reelected in Bossier City". The Monroe News-Star. April 9, 1941. p. 12. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
- "Bossier People and Places (F)". sites.google.com. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
- John Andrew Prime (August 21, 2010). "60th anniversary of Korean War send-off approaches". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
- Rita Fife, Bossier Press-Tribune, Commemorative issue, 9 August 1981, p. 3
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Hoffman Lee "Hop" Fuller
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