Smith, Hoke, 1855-1931, American political leader, b. Newton, N.C. A successful lawyer in Atlanta, he acquired the Atlanta Journal in 1887. He served (1893-96) in President Cleveland's cabinet as secretary of the interior. He later was governor of Georgia (1907-9, 1911) and U.S. Senator (1911-21). As governor he vigorously supported railroad regulation, educational reform, and direct primary legislation. He won popularity among white Southerners by his racist policies and he helped disenfranchise Georgia blacks. After his defeat (1920) for reelection, he returned to the practice of law.

See biography by D. W. Grantham, Jr. (1958, repr. 1967).

Hoke may refer to:



  • Brady Hoke, American football coach
  • Chris Hoke (born 1976), American football player
  • Eldon Hoke (born 1958), American musician
  • Hoke L. Smith (1931–2004), tenth president of Towson University
  • Jacob Hoke, American Civil War eyewitness and author
  • M. Hoke Smith (1855–1931), American politician and newspaper owner
  • Martin Hoke (born 1952), American Republican politician
  • Michael Hoke (1874–1944), orthopedic surgeon
  • Robert Hoke (1837–1912), American businessman, railroad executive, and Confederate general

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