Bedford County TN Biographies


It is a fact which would hardly seem probable, were it not proved by irrefutable evidence, that a majority of the men who today stand at the head of the various professions and in business and financial circles entered upon their careers with few resources other than those with which they were endowed by nature. There seems to be something in the mere fact of original poverty which brings out the latent talents and develops the character of an individual, supplying him with the ambition to do and the ability to perform, where, under different circumstances, the incentive being lacking, the possessor of these rare gifts might have passed his days in mediocrity, unknowing and unknown. Texas furnishes numerous examples of those who have fairly won the oft-abused but still honorable title of "self-made man," and among them H. E. Hoover, legal practitioner of Canadian, takes prominent rank. A brief review of his career will illustrate the steps by which he has gained his high standing not alone in his profession but in the world of business as well.

H. E. Hoover was born at Murfreesboro. Rutherford County, Tennessee. November 16, 1863, and is a son of H. N. and Amanda (Rankin) Hoover, natives of Tennessee. His father, a well-known farmer and merchant of Murfreesboro enlisted for service in the Confederate army during the war between the North and the South, and became captain of a company in the Twenty-first Tennessee Regiment. He was wounded first at the battle of Shiloh and in 1863 received a wound at Island No. 10 which proved mortal, his death occurring at Natchez, Mississippi. A man in the prime of life, only twenty-four years of age, he was a martyr to the Lost Cause, but left behind him a record of which his family has no reason to feel ashamed. Mr. Hoover married Amanda Rankin, who was educated, reared and married in the Big Bend State, and she still survives him and makes her home with her son at Canadian, being seventy-three years of age. Two children were born to this union: Dr. Thomas R., who was a practicing physician at Canadian until his death in 1891; and H. E.

In his youth Mr. Hoover had to be content with such educational advantages as were to be secured in the log school house in the vicinity of his mother's plantation, on which he worked faithfully during the summer months, accepting whatever opportunities presented themselves to gain more learning or to earn extra money. He first came to the Panhandle of Texas April 5, 1886, and located at Higgins, Lipscomb County, on a section of land, but not long thereafter returned to Tennessee and entered the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon. He was graduated from that institution in the spring of 1889, and almost immediately thereafter returned to Lipscomb County, where he was engaged in practice until 1891, that year marking his advent in Canadian. The foresight which made him confident of the future of Texas and the opportunity for achieving success here has since been amply justified, for he is today known as one of the ablest legists in this part of the State. While he is essentially a professional man, he has grasped business opportunities as he has seen them, and today holds directorships in the Santa Fe Railway System, the First National Bank of Canadian, the White House Lumber Company, the Canadian Water, Light and Power Company, the Texas Bonding and Casualty Company, the Lumbermen's Brick and Cement Company of Kansas City, Missouri, and several other large and important enterprises. As a lawyer, during nearly a quarter of a century he has been connected in one capacity or another with many of the leading cases brought before the Hemphill County courts, and his high attainments have made it possible for him to be successful in the solving of numerous legal complexities. In him the law has a stanch and unwavering exponent; his devotion to his profession is evidenced in his placing his clients' interests before his own, while among his fellowpractitioners he is looked up to not alone on account of his deep learning, but because of his strict observance of the unwritten ethics of his high calling.

In 1884 Mr. Hoover was married to Miss L. V. Winset, of Bedford County, Tennessee, daughter of A. M. and Mrs. Winset, both now deceased. Five children have been born to this union: Daniel B., born in Bedford County, Tennessee, in 1885, a graduate of Staunton Military Institute of Virginia and of the law department of the University of Texas, and now engaged in practice with his father at Canadian; Thomas L., born in Lipscomb, Texas, in 1890. a graduate of Canadian College, Bailey University at Waco. Texas, and the law department of the State University, a famous sprinter and all-around college athlete, and captain of the track team at Bailey; Edward, born in 1895, at Canadian, Texas, a graduate of Canadian College who entered the State University in 1913; and Louise, born in 1898, and Vashti born in 1901, both at Canadian, and both now students in Canadian College.

Mr. Hoover is a Democrat in his political views, but has not entered actively into the struggles of public life. He is interested fraternally in the Odd Fellows, being a charter member of Canadian Lodge No. 349.

[A history of Texas and Texans, Volume 4 by Francis White Johnson, 1914
Transcribed by (Thermun Kellar]

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