Perry Hooper Sr

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Perry Oliver Hooper Sr (born April 8, 1925 in Birmingham; died April 24, 2016 in Montgomery) served as the 27th Chief Justice of the Alabama State Supreme Court, from 1995 to 2001.

Hooper was the son of Ernest and Mary Lou (Perry) Hooper. He attended Birmingham City Schools and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. After his discharge he earned a bachelor's degree at Birmingham Southern College. He went on to complete a juris doctorate at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa and went into private practice in Montgomery and also served on the staff of Alabama Supreme Court justice Davis Stakely.

In 1964, Hooper was elected as a Republican to serve as probate judge for Montgomery County. In the 1968 general election he ran for the open seat in the U.S. Congress left by the retirement of Lister Hill, but lost to Democrat James Allen by a 3-to-1 margin.

In the 1974 general election Hooper won a seat on the state's 15th Judicial Circuit. In 1983 he returned to private practice.

In the 1994 general election Hooper challenged incumbent Democrat chief justice Sonny Hornsby, and beat him by just 262 votes. A suit was filed challenging the election results. Once the case was dismissed, Hooper was sworn in, on October 20, 1995.

Hooper retired from the court in 2001. He died in April 2016 and was survived by his wife, the former Marilyn Yost, and four children. His oldest son, Perry Hooper Jr, served in the Alabama State House of Representatives, representing District 73, from 1984 to 2003.

Preceded by:
Sonny Hornsby
Alabama Supreme Court, Chief Justice
Succeeded by:
Roy Moore