January 10, 1969, 116 items; Correspondence, election returns, ballots, clippings, campaign literature, memo book, and mail order catalog. Gift of Mrs. Lula Smithwick, Newport News, Virginia.
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John P. Hooker Papers (#76), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Mrs. Lula Smithwick
John Paul Hooker (1891-1953) was an accountant for the Bethel, N.C., firm of M. O. Blount and Sons and a local political figure. The collection reflects his interest in politics and his participation in the Blount firm, which among other endeavors, dealt in agricultural products.
Correspondents include former N.C. Governor Cameron Morrison (1932); Tazewell A. Eure, father of N.C. Secretary of State Thad Eure (1936); and J. L. DeLaney, state chairman for Richard T. Fountain's gubernatorial campaign (1932). This correspondence is of a political nature and concerns Hooker's support for particular candidates in the approaching elections.
Political campaign materials include sample ballots, petitions, vote compilations, and campaign literature from local, state and national primaries and elections (1932-1951) in Bethel, Pitt County, and the First Congressional District. Of particular interest is a campaign pamphlet in support of Clyde R. Hoey's candidacy for governor (1932) and petitions and literature favoring the Congressional election of Marvin K. Blount. Some items concern repeal of Prohibition (1933) and the primaries and general elections of 1936 in North Carolina.
Of an agricultural nature are papers concerning the tobacco controls program, consisting of referendum summaries (1938-1940), crop report (1940), a petition, and newsletters on the control program (1939). Newspaper clippings (1932-1965) concern various agricultural control programs, N.C. politics (1936 general election in particular), and the high school sports program in Bethel.
Of interest in the miscellaneous items are two isolationist articles distributed by a produce dealer (1939), minutes and other papers of the Bethel chapter of the Woman's Society of Christian Service of the Methodist Church (1950), a memo book containing a brief weather record (1935-1936), and a wholesale jewelry and gift catalog (1938).