Hoffman Lee Fuller
|Hoffman Lee Fuller|
1937 – 1953
|Preceded by||Thomas Hickman|
|Succeeded by||Burgess McCranie|
|Born||Bossier City, Louisiana|
|Died|| June 20, 1983 (aged 84)|
|Political party||Democrat |
|Spouse(s)|| Modena P. Fuller|
One son:Hoffman Franklin Fuller
Work and civic life
Fuller worked as a radio dispatcher with the Bossier Water Department. A veteran of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, he was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Masonic lodge, the Shriners, and Lions International.
Fuller was elected mayor of Bossier City in 1937 to succeed Thomas Hickman. 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, received 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 and did not seek a fifth term in 1953. Fuller did seek the mayor's office again in 1957, but he was defeated by 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 since disbanded city commission government.
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 Lowery officiating. The Fullers are interred at Hill Crest Memorial Park in Haughton, east of Bossier City.
- "Hoffman Lee Fuller", The Shreveport Times, June 21, 1983, p. 7-A.
- Bossier City loses a legend. Bossier Press-Tribune (January 15, 2014). Retrieved on January 14, 2015.
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- John Andrew Prime (August 21, 2010). 60th anniversary of Korean War send-off approaches. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on January 20, 2015.
- Rita Fife, Bossier Press-Tribune, Commemorative issue, August 9, 1981, p. 3.