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Hooker Family

William B. Hooker

William B. Hooker was one of many who gained land grants in the Tampa area through the 1842 Armed Occupation Act. A successful cattleman, Hooker established a beef business that stayed in family hands for generations. Hooker was also captain of a volunteer regiment to protect settlers from Indian attack and, as vice-mayor of Tampa, headed efforts to eradicate the lawlessness and vice that plagued the early settlement.

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