John P. Hooker Papers

Manuscript Collection #76
Hooker, John P. (John Paul), 1891-1953
Physical description
0.22 Cubic Feet, 116 items , consisting of correspondence, petitions, minutes, printed material, election returns, ballots, campaign literature, memo book, wholesale catalog, programs, and miscellaneous items.
Preferred Citation
John P. Hooker Papers (#76), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Papers (1932-1965, undated) including correspondence, petitions, minutes, printed material, election returns, papers concerning tobacco control programs, crop report, clippings etc.

Biographical/historical information

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.

Scope and arrangement

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).

Administrative information
Custodial History

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.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Lula Smithwick

Processing information

Processed by D. Lennon

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Blount, Marvin, 1892-1986
DeLaney, J. L.--Correspondence
Eure, Tazewell A.--Correspondence
Hoey, Clyde Roark, 1877-1954
Hooker, John P. (John Paul), 1891-1953
Morrison, Cameron, 1869-1953--Correspondence
Corporate Names
Democratic Party (N.C.)--History--20th century
Woman's Society of Christian Service (Bethel, N.C.)
Agriculture--North Carolina--History--20th century
Elections--North Carolina--History--20th century
Methodist Church--North Carolina--Bethel (Pitt County, N.C.)
Neutrality--United States
Prohibition--North Carolina
Tobacco--North Carolina
Bethel (Pitt County, N.C.)
Bethel (Pitt County, N.C.)--Climate--Observations--History--20th century
Bethel (Pitt County, N.C.)--Politics and government--20th century
North Carolina--Politics and government--1865-1950