Richard Hooper, soldier, surveyor, and congressman, was probably born in North Carolina around 1783. He entered Texas in February 1836 and served as commander of a company of cavalry from San Augustine from July 6 until October 6, 1836. He was elected to the First Congress of the Republic of Texas as a representative from Shelby County. After his service in Congress, he returned to Shelby County, where he was elected county surveyor in 1839 and 1848. When the United States census was taken in the summer of 1850 the sixty-seven-year-old Hooper was listed as a surveyor. His wife was reputed to have been the niece of President John Adams.