callout

Ruby T. Hooper Collection


Ruby Thompson Hooper ran unsuccessful political campaigns for selection as a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Burke County in 1982, and for nomination as her party's gubernatorial candidate in 1984. She was appointed deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Human Resources by Governor James Martin when he took office in 1985. Mrs. Hooper resigned this position at the end of June 1991 to seek again the nomination as the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Her campaign was overshadowed by Lt. Gov. James C. Gardner, seeking the same nomination.The collection consists of 272 items pertaining to Mrs. Hooper's campaign, all dating from 1991-1992.

Title

Ruby T. Hooper Collection

Collection Number

PC.1932

Date(s)

1991 - 1992

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
272
Genre/Physical Characteristic

including letters, newspaper clippings, photographs,memorabilia, including campaign paraphernalia.

Abstract

Ruby Thompson Hooper ran unsuccessful political campaigns for selection as a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Burke County in 1982, and for nomination as her party's gubernatorial candidate in 1984. She was appointed deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Human Resources by Governor James Martin when he took office in 1985. Mrs. Hooper resigned this position at the end of June 1991 to seek again the nomination as the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Her campaign was overshadowed by Lt. Gov. James C. Gardner, seeking the same nomination.

The collection consists of 272 items pertaining to Mrs. Hooper's campaign, all dating from 1991-1992.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

Hooper, Ruby T.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by George Stevenson, July 18, 2003

Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, September 15, 2003


Ruby Thompson Hooper was educated at Saluda High School (1941), Mars Hill College (1943), and Woman's College, now UNC-G (1945). Havingstudied home economics, she pursued a career in food and dietary servicesat various large state institutions in North Carolina. Following unsuccessfulcampaigns for election as a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Burke County in 1982, and for nomination as her party's gubernatorial candidate in 1984, Mrs. Hooper was appointed deputy secretary of the Department of Human Resources by Gov. Martin when he took office in 1985. She resigned this position at the end of June 1991 to seek once more nomination as the Republican gubernatorial candidate, in opposition to Lt. Gov. James C. Gardner's campaign for the same nomination.

The 1991/92 primary campaigns were dominated by former governor James B.Hunt (Democrat) and Lt. Gov. Gardner (Republican), both of whom had state-wide name recognition, large and full campaign treasuries, and considerableexperience in election strategy. By contrast, Mrs. Hooper was but littleknown outside a small area in the western part of the state, had no moneyto speak of, and was never able to raise the popular support on which shecounted. Her campaign was completely overshadowed. Gardner, her rival,won 90%, of the Republican primary vote and became the party's gubernatorialcandidate.


Ruby Thompson Hooper was educated at Saluda High School (1941), Mars Hill College (1943), and Woman's College, now UNC-G (1945). Havingstudied home economics, she pursued a career in food and dietary servicesat various large state institutions in North Carolina. Following unsuccessfulcampaigns for election as a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Burke County in 1982, and for nomination as her party's gubernatorial candidate in 1984, Mrs. Hooper was appointed deputy secretary of the Department of Human Resources by Gov. Martin when he took office in 1985. She resigned this position at the end of June 1991 to seek once more nomination as the Republican gubernatorial candidate, in opposition to Lt. Gov. James C. Gardner's campaign for the same nomination.

The 1991/92 primary campaigns were dominated by former governor James B.Hunt (Democrat) and Lt. Gov. Gardner (Republican), both of whom had state-wide name recognition, large and full campaign treasuries, and considerableexperience in election strategy. By contrast, Mrs. Hooper was but littleknown outside a small area in the western part of the state, had no moneyto speak of, and was never able to raise the popular support on which shecounted. Her campaign was completely overshadowed. Gardner, her rival,won 90%, of the Republican primary vote and became the party's gubernatorialcandidate.


[Identification of item], PC.1914, Ruby T. Hooper Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Gift, Mrs. Hooper, Morganton, N.C., to the Museum of History;transferred by the Museum to the Archives in 1999.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS) at  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us

Additionally, specific information on this collection may be found in the Mary Fisher Floyd Archives and Special Collections of Pfeiffer University, under Ruby T. Hooper Papers, 1958-1996, Campaign Literature and Political Advertising, N.C. Broadcast Collection at  http://library.pfeiffer.edu/atog.html


This collection includes four items from Mrs. Hooper's 1982 and 1984campaigns. The remaining 268 items are from her 1991/92 campaign. Theyinclude letters, materials relating to campaign advertising and appearancesat various functions, news releases, newspaper clippings, photographs,and some Republican Party materials from both state and local levels.


This collection includes four items from Mrs. Hooper's 1982 and 1984campaigns. The remaining 268 items are from her 1991/92 campaign. Theyinclude letters, materials relating to campaign advertising and appearancesat various functions, news releases, newspaper clippings, photographs,and some Republican Party materials from both state and local levels.


  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Primaries, 1992.
  • Women political candidates.
  • Burke County (N.C.)