Hoffman Lee Fuller

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Hoffman Lee Fuller

6th Mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana, US​A
In office
1937​ – 1953​
Preceded by Thomas Hickman​
Succeeded by Burgess McCranie

Born Bossier City, Louisiana
Died June 20, 1983 (aged 84)
Bossier City

Resting place:
Hill Crest Memorial Cemetery
in Haughton, Louisiana

Nationality American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Modena P. Fuller

One son: Hoffman Franklin Fuller

Occupation Public official

United States Army in World War I

Religion Southern Baptist

Hoffman Lee Fuller, also known as Hop Fuller (January 5, 1899 – June 20, 1983), was a politician who served from 1937 to 1953 as the mayor of his native Bossier City, Louisiana.​

A Democrat, Fuller was the sixth mayor of Bossier City since incorporation in 1907.[1] Fuller is tied for longevity in the office with the late George Dement, the mayor from 1989 until 2005.[2]

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.[1]

Political life

Fuller was elected mayor of Bossier City in 1937, succeeding Thomas Hickman.[3]​ 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.[4]

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.[5]

In August 1950, Fuller joined with Mayor Clyde Edward Fant, Sr. (1905-1973), 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.[6]

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.[7]

Personal life

Fuller and his wife, Modena, had one son, Hoffman Franklin Fuller, a professor-emeritus from Tulane University in New Orleans.​

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.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Hoffman Lee Fuller", The Shreveport Times, June 21, 1983, p. 7-A. 
  2. Bossier City loses a legend. Bossier Press-Tribune (January 15, 2014). Retrieved on January 14, 2015.
  3. Louise Stinson. Bossier City History. Retrieved on January 3, 2015.
  4. Mayor Reelected in Bossier City. The Monroe News-Star (April 9, 1941). Retrieved on January 23, 2015.
  5. Bossier People and Places (F). sites.google.com. Retrieved on January 20, 2015.
  6. John Andrew Prime (August 21, 2010). 60th anniversary of Korean War send-off approaches. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on January 20, 2015.
  7. Rita Fife, Bossier Press-Tribune, Commemorative issue, 9 August 1981, p. 3.

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