S. Percy Hooker

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S. Percy Hooker (1902)

Samuel Percy Hooker (December 5, 1860 – April 24, 1915) was an American politician from New York and New Hampshire.


He was born on December 5, 1860 in Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin, the son of Samuel Lucius Hooker and Ellen Amanda (Kelley) Hooker. The family removed to Le Roy, New York, in 1866. He attended Le Roy Academic Institute, and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1879. Then he worked for a manufacturer of patent medicines. On April 19, 1882, he married Elizabeth Whalen, and they had one daughter. Later he also engaged in banking and farming.[1]

Hooker was a member of the New York State Assembly (Genesee Co.) in 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1906; and of the New York State Senate (44th D.) in 1907 and 1908.[2]

On January 6, 1909, he was appointed by Gov. Charles Evans Hughes to a six-year term as Chairman of the New York State Highway Commission. The latter had been created by the Legislature in 1908, and consisted of three members.[3] On June 6, 1911, Hooker was legislated out of office when the Legislature created a State Superintendent of Highways to succeed the Highway Commission.[4][5] On March 1, 1912, Hooker took office as New Hampshire State Engineer of Highways.[6][7]

He died on April 24, 1915, in the New York Hospital in Manhattan.[8]


  1. ^ The New York Red Book by Edgar L. Murlin (1903; pg. 143f)
  2. ^ Official New York from Cleveland to Hughes by Charles Elliott Fitch (Hurd Publishing Co., New York and Buffalo, 1911, Vol. IV; pg. 345, 347f, 350, 352 and 366)
  3. ^ HUGHES PLEASES STATE MACHINE in the New York Times on January 7, 1909
  4. ^ TWO BILLS IN TO AID DIX'S ECONOMY PLAN in the New York Times on January 31, 1911
  5. ^ PASS HIGHWAY BILL AFTER BITTER FIGHT in the New York Times on June 7, 1911
  6. ^ S. P. HOOKER APPOINTED TO HEAD NEW HAMPSHIRE ROAD DEPARTMENT in The Daily News of Batavia, on February 29, 1912
  7. ^ OPPOSE FEDERAL ROAD FUND in the New York Times on December 10, 1913
  8. ^ S. PERCY HOOKER DEAD in the New York Times on April 25, 1915
New York Assembly
Preceded by
John J. Ellis
New York State Assembly
Genesee County

Succeeded by
Fred B. Parker
New York State Senate
Preceded by
William W. Armstrong
New York State Senate
44th District

Succeeded by
George H. Witter