William Pike Hall, Sr.

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William Pike Hall Sr.

Louisiana State Senator
for Caddo and DeSoto parishes
In office
Preceded by E. Wayles Browne
Succeeded by Cecil Morgan

Born October 10, 1896
Died Shreveport, Louisiana
Resting place Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Hazel Tucker Hall (married 1925-1945, his death)
Relations George W. Jack (uncle)

Whitfield Jack (cousin)
Wellborn Jack (cousin)
Ada Jack Carver Snell (niece) Parents:
William Pike and Lillian Ida Jack Hall
Elise Tally Hall (stepmother_

Children Hazel Hall Schaffer

Pike Hall, Jr.

Residence Shreveport, Louisiana
Alma mater Centenary College of Louisiana

University of the South
Tulane University Law School
Columbia University Law School

Occupation Attorney
Religion Methodist

Military Service
Service/branch United States Army

World War II

Rank Private in ambulance corpsi

Judge Advocate General's Corps

William Pike Hall Sr.[1] (October 19, 1896 – December 16, 1945), was an attorney, civic leader, and Democratic politician from Shreveport, Louisiana.


Hall was born in Mansfield in DeSoto Parish located south of Shreveport, the youngest of four children of Judge William Pike Hall (1851-1928), a native of Iredell County, North Carolina. Judge Hall presided over DeSoto and Red River parishes. The judge's first wife and Pike's mother, Lillian Ida Jack (1862-1898) of Natchitoches, died when young Pike was two years of age. The judge then married the former Elise Tally (died 1954), and they are interred together at Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport.[2]

Hall was a maternal nephew of United States District Judge George Whitfield Jack, Sr. (1875-1924), and a cousin of Shreveport attorneys George Whitfield Jack, Jr., and Wellborn Jack, the latter a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for Caddo Parish from 1940 to 1964.[3]


In 1900, Hall moved to Shreveport, where he was in time educated at Methodist-affiliated Centenary College and thereafter the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, and the Columbia University Law School in New York City. In 1922, he received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Columbia and was admitted that year to the Louisiana bar. He was affiliated with Kappa Alpha Order social fraternity and the legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi.[4]

In 1917 and 1918, Hall was a private with the United States Army ambulance corps in France. He was a Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps during World War II but was discharged for a physical disability. He sat on the local Selective Service Board. He was affiliated with the veterans organizations, the Forty and Eight, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the Louisiana Civil Service League. He was a member of the Shreveport Country Club and The Boston Club of New Orleans. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Shreveport.[4]

From 1924 to 1932, Hall represented Caddo and DeSoto parishes in the state Senate during the administrations of Governors Henry L. Fuqua, Oramel H. Simpson, and Huey Pierce Long Jr.[5] One of his Senate successors was the Shreveport attorney Cecil Morgan, a leader of the anti-Long forces in the chamber. Hall was a partner in the Shreveport law firm of Foster, Hall, and Smith; he was also active in the Louisiana Law Institute and at all levels of the bar association, including the presidency of the organization in 1940 and 1941.[4]

In 1925, Hall married the former Hazel Tucker, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C. M. Tucker of Haughton in southeastern Bossier Parish. The couple had two children, Hazel, later Hazel Schaffer, and Pike Hall, Jr., a subsequent judge who at the time of his father's death was attending Clifton Ellis Byrd High School in Shreveport. Hall died in a Shreveport sanitarium at the age of forty-nine from complications of a cerebral stroke. He is interred at Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport.[4]


  1. Hall was actually a Jr., and his father was "Sr." During his lifetime this second William Pike Hall used the suffix "Jr." His son, Judge Pike Hall, Jr. (1931-1999), also used the suffix "Jr.", rather than "III." This Hall's son is Pike Hall, III, instead of Pike Hall, IV; he is William Pike Hall Sr.'s great-grandson.
  2. William Pike Hall. findagrave.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2020.
  3. Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024: Caddo and DeSoto parishes. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on October 25, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Funeral for Pike Hall at 11 A.M. Today – Prominent Attorney, Civic Leader Succumbs After Brief Illness 1, 6. The Shreveport Times through findagrave.com (December 17, 1945). Retrieved on October 25, 2020.
  5. Membership of the Louisiana State Senate, 1880-2024: Caddo and DeSoto parishes. Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved on October 25, 2020.