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JOHN HOOKER

 

John Hooker circa 1841,
courtesy of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT

John Hooker was a Lawyer, Writer, Abolitionist, and Women’s Rights Supporter.

Hooker was a friend of Talcott Street Church and an admirer of Reverend James W. C. Pennington, whose freedom he purchased through negotiations with the son of Pennington’s owner.

Born on April 19th, 1816 in Farmington, Connecticut, Hooker became a lawyer, abolitionist, and suffrage supporter who, along with his wife, Isabella Beecher Hooker and William and Elisabeth Gillette, founded the Nook Farm neighborhood in Hartford.

Later, Nook Farm would become home to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner, and other notable people.

John Hooker was a direct descendant of Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford.

John’s wife Isabella Hooker was a prominent women’s rights activist. She was the daughter of Dr. Lyman Beecher and the half-sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Together John and Isabella had four children.

Hooker’s memoir Some Reminiscences of a Long Life, with a Few Articles on Moral and Social Subjects of Present Interest, was published in 1899.

John Hooker, a self-described Bushnell Congregationalist, died at his home at Nook Farm in 1901.