John Jay Hooker Papers

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Title: John Jay Hooker Papers

Dates: 1950s–1990s

Creator: David Fox, John Jay Hooker

Summary/Abstract:The John Jay Hooker Papers contain documents covering John Jay Hooker’s political, legal, and business careers and the personal notes of biographer David Fox. The materials appear to have been assembled for use in preparation for a written biography of Hooker.

Quantity/Physical Description: Less than 1 linear foot

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), The John Jay Hooker Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Unknown

Processed By: Original processor undermined; additional processing by Graduate Assistant Rachel Smith

Arrangement:The John Jay Hooker papers are divided into three series: Book Research, Personal Research, and Court Documents.

Biographical Note: John Jay Hooker (1930- ) is a Tennessee Lawyer, politician, and businessman. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, he graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He served in the United States Army from 1953-55 and graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1957.
Hooker’s law career included special appointments by Tennessee Governor Frank Clement and the Tennessee House of Representatives, involvement in the Baker v. Carr case, and serving as general counsel for the Nashville Tennessean. He was a founding partner of the law firm of Hooker, Hooker and Willis. He later was involved in several legal actions regarding the election processes and constitutional issues in Tennessee and the United States.

Hooker was active in politics from the late 1950s. His political activities have been numerous, but, among other things, he worked for Tennessee Governor Frank Clement, for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and for the campaign of John F. Kennedy. He ran for Governor in the Tennessee Democratic Primary in 1966, losing to Buford Ellington, and obtained the nomination in 1970, but lost to Republican Winfield Dunn. He also ran for the United States Senate on several occasions as well as additional campaigns for Governor.  Mr. Hooker has also been active in Tennessee politics on multiple levels that are not covered in depth in these papers.
Hooker has also been an active businessman, founding Minnie Pearl’s Fried Chicken, was one of five founders of Hospital Corporation of America, and helping to establish Newspaper Printing Corporation. He served as chairman of STP Corporation, was publisher of the Nashville newspaper, the Banner, and served chairman of United Press International. His varied business interests also included the establishment of Hookers Hamburgers, a food chain in Florida.

As of this writing, John Jay Hooker continues to take an active interest in business, politics, and community affairs.

Scope and Content: The John Jay Hooker Papers cover John Jay Hooker’s political, legal, and business careers spanning from the late 1950s to the late 1990s. The collection contains the personal notes of David Fox and John Jay Hooker, oral history interviews with various members of the Hooker family, and documentation of Hooker’s career. Materials are arranged in three series, Book Research, Personal Research, and Court Filings. They are comprised primarily of biographical notes, collected published materials relating to Hooker’s career, and copies of court documents filed by Hooker, some containing hand-written comments, apparently by Mr. Hooker. All the material appears to have been gathered in preparation for a biographical work. The series are:

Series One: Book Research (16 folders) This series includes the contract John Jay Hooker made with David Fox to write Hooker’s biography. The majority of the series includes notes created by David Fox to complete this biographical project.

Series Two: Personal Research (21 folders) This series consists of personal notes, interviews, and media coverage of Hooker and political issues.

Series Three: Court Documents (3 folders) This series contains copies of court documents filed by Hooker as part of a series of court actions relating to political processes.

Associated Materials: There are no known associated materials.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
John Jay Hooker
David Fox
John Seigenthaler
Teenie Hooker
Tish Hooker
Jack Norman
Jim Neal
C.H. Van Tyne
Ross Perot
Bill Clinton

Places
Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Tennessee politics
Tennessee business
Nashville Tennessean
Minnie Pearl Chicken

Material Types
Notes
Newspaper clippings
Memos
Oral history
Magazines

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Folder Title

1

1

Book Research

J.J. Hooker Interview by David Fox (12/81)

1

2

Book Research

J.J. Hooker- Narrative of his Life Written By Himself

1

3

Book Research

John Seigenthaler Interview

1

4

Book Research

Tennie Hooker Interview (3/27/83)

1

5

Book Research

Tish Hooker-Interview 11/26/82

1

6

Book Research

Jack Norman Interview

1

7

Book Research

Book Draft about 1966 Campaign

1

8

Book Research

Book Draft about Minnie Pearl Chicken/1967

1

9

Book Research

Letter from David B. Fox, Jr. to Hooker

1

10

Book Research

Ideas, Outlines, Quotes for Book

1

11

Book Research

Notebook 1 with notes about franchises and Minnie Pearl Chicken

1

12

Book Research

Notebook 2 with notes from conversations with Hooker

1

13

Book Research

Notebook 3 with notes about Hooker’s Family and Childhood

1

14

Book Research

Notebook 4 with notes about Advantage Tapes

1

15

Book Research

Book Contract (1982) between Fox and Hooker

1

16

Book Research

Privacy Act Request/Letter from US Dept of Justice

2

1

Personal Research

John Jay Hooker, Jr- Oral History Interview by William Geoghegan for the JFK Library

2

2

Personal Research

John Jay Hooker, Jr- Second Oral History Interview by Ronald J. Grele for the JFK Library

2

3

Personal Research

John Jay Hooker- Book Outline

2

4

Personal Research

Notes about politics and court cases

2

5

Personal Research

Timeline 1954-1994 of Hooker’s life

2

6

Personal Research

Timelines of political support

2

7

Personal Research

Nashville Magazine January 1966

2

8

Personal Research

Nashville Tennessean article "Candidates Woo Educators"

2

9

Personal Research

Nashville Banner article "John Jay Hooker: Birthday Salute"

2

10

Personal Research

Single Page for Unidentified Multipage Letter

2

11

Personal Research

Copy of "Sovereignty in the American Revolution: An Historical Study" from The American Historical Review

2

12

Personal Research

“Effects of Baker V. Carr on the Distribution of Influence in the Tennessee General Assembly: An Application on a Linkage Model” from The Volunteer State: Readings in Tennessee Politics

2

13

Personal Research

Copy of "Crediting the Voters: A New Beginning for Campaign Finance” from The American Prospect

2

14

Personal Research

University of Colorado Law Review, “The Central Meaning of Republican Government: Popular Sovereignty, Majority Rule, and the Denominator Problem”

2

15

Personal Research

Copy of "Another Perot Run in '96?" from the Chicago Tribune

2

16

Personal Research

New York Times Magazine August 6, 1995

2

17

Personal Research

Business Nashville "Where are they Now?"

2

18

Personal Research

Nashville Scene "Man of Principle"

2

19

Personal Research

Tennessean- "John Jay Hooker: Thin Ice or Solid Ground?"

2

20

Personal Research

Correspondence from John Jay Hooker to Bill Clinton

2

21

Personal Research

Correspondence from John Jay Hooker to Ross Perot

2

22

Court Documents

John Jay Hooker v. Bill Clinton et al Court Filing

2

23

Court Documents

John Jay Hooker v. Fred Thompson and Bill Frist Notice of Removal

2

24

Court Documents

Hooker, Wimpee, Wimpee v. Sasser and Frist Motion to Dismiss Amended Civil Complaint