William Hobson was the son of Peter Hobson and Minnie Hobson.
During his childhood, William Hobson attended Sheldon Jackson
School where he learned the machinist trade. During his next
years, he worked in the Treadwell mine and Juneau gold mine.
William Hobson was one of the founders of the Alaska Native
Brotherhood, and helped to organize it.
Andrew Hobson moved to Washington so William Hobson could
further his education. There he married Rose Anna Guest in
1915. They had three daughters and moved back to Alaska and
settled in Juneau. William Hobson and his family moved to
California when one daughter caught pneumonia. There William
Hobson joined the merchant marine. He then retired eight years
before World War II. William Hobson and his wife divorced,
however he kept close contact with his children. William Hobson
believed in the benefits of education, and encouraged his
daughters during their growing years to educate themselves.
Besides being a founder of the ANB, William Hobson was proud
of his heritage and devoted his time to his people. William
Hobson died in a car accident in the year1958 in California.