Henry Hooper Blood was a prominent businessman and seventh governor of the state of Utah. He was born in Kaysville, Utah, to William Hooper Blood, a farmer and city councilman, and Jane Wilkie Hooper. He attended local schools and Brigham Young Academy in Provo. He married Minnie Barnes in 1896 and they had four children. Before serving an LDS mission to England between 1901 and 1904, he served as Kaysville city recorder, Davis County treasurer, and minutes clerk of the Utah State Senate.
Blood was president of the LDS North Davis Stake for twenty-two years and also a member of the Davis County School Board. Manager of Kaysville Milling Co., he was also a director of several banks and other companies. Governor Simon Bamberger named him to the first Public Utilities Commission. Later, as chair of the State Road Commission, he oversaw one of the largest staffs and budgets in state government. Nominated by the Democrats to run for governor in 1932, Blood defeated Republican William W. Seegmiller, a former legislator.