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Biography: William Francis Hogue born Feb. 5, 1853 – photograph

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(1853- 1913)

Perry County, Alabama


William Francis Hogue, lawyer and legislator, was a member of the state senate of Alabama He was born in Scott’s Beat, about eight miles west of Marion, Perry county, Alabama, Feb. 5, 1853. His father was John Hogue, Jr., a native of South Carolina, born near York, who moved to Alabama when quite young, and spent his life as a planter in Scott’s Beat. He was a son of John Hogue, Sr., and Susan (Scott) Hogue, who lived in the western part of Perry county. John Hogue, Jr., married Elizabeth Matilda Wallace, a daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth G. D. (Lynn) Wallace, residents of South Carolina.

William Francis Hogue received his early education in the school of West Perry, taught by Sam Carter, and then continued his studies at Howard college, Marion, Alabama, after which be became for three years a student in Washington and Lee university in Lexington, Virginia, where he was graduated in 1873 with the degree of bachelor of arts. He subsequently studied law, was licensed to practice in 1879, and practiced his profession with conspicuous success.

His home was in Marion, Perry county, and he practiced before the courts of Perry and Bibb counties. In politics and in all public affairs he took great interest, and, brought to the field his legal training and natural fund of hard common sense, he met with quite flattering success in all his undertakings.

In politics a stanch Democrat, he was several times chairman of the county executive committee, and on numerous occasions he was a delegate to State conventions, in the deliberations of which he took an influential part. He was a member of the house of representatives of the State legislature in 1880-81, and again in 1888-89; was elected mayor of the town of Marion in 1892, and in 1894 was elected a member of the State senate. He was sent to the house of representatives in 1900, and in 1902 was re-elected to the State senate, a position he occupied in 1904.

Mr. Hogue was an influential member of the First Presbyterian church of Marion, and was a deacon in that church. He married Nov. 16, 1881, Julia Hellen Lavender. Mrs. Hogue was the daughter of William Hellen and Jennie Lindsay (Warf) Lavender, who lived about five miles south of Greensboro, in Hale county, Alabama. Mr. and Mrs. Hogue had two children in 1904:

  1. Elizabeth Legare Hogue (b. Dec. 2, 1886 – d. Jan 12, 1956) married John Eugene Dunnaway
  2. William Lavender Hogue.

 William Francis Hogue died Nov. 11, 1913 and is buried in Marion Cemetery, Marion, Perry County, Alabama. His wife Julia (Aug 16, 1859 – July 22, 1928) and is also buried in Marion Cemetery.


  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose 1904
  2. Find A Grave Memorial # 69492861 # 69492759 # 69492538

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