John Hoeppel was born near Tell City, Indiana in February, 1881, He died in Arcadia, California on 21 September 1976.
Hoeppel had little formal schooling. He made a career as an enlisted man in the Army, retiring in 1921. Afterward, he was a postmaster, and he edited National Defense magazine.
In 1932, Hoeppel was elected to Congress as a Democrat but served only two terms, failing to be re-nominated in 1936. After the war, he made an unsuccessful try for a third term in Congress on the Prohibition ticket.
-- Gammon, 2007, pp. 124-125