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Pleasant Hanes

AKA Pleasant Henderson Hanes

Born: 16-Oct-1845
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC
Died: 9-Jun-1925
Location of death: Winston-Salem, NC
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Salem Cemetery, Winston-Salem, NC

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Underwear magnate

Military service: 16th North Carolina Cavalry (Civil War)

Pleasant Hanes fought for the South in the American Civil War, and served as a special courier for Robert E. Lee. After the war in partnership with his younger brother, John W. Hanes, he established the P.H. Hanes Tobacco Company, which became the third largest tobacco distributorship in America. In 1900 the tobacco company was sold to R. J. Reynolds for $175,000, and the Hanes brothers invested their windfall -- separately -- in the undergarment business. Pleasant Hanes established the P.H. Hanes Knitting Company, and began manufacturing underwear for men, while his brother opened a sock factory that became Hanes Hosiery Mills Co. The brothers' companies were merged in 1962 as Hanes Corporation, now known as Hanesbrands.

Father: Alexander Martin Hanes ("Sandy", tanner, b. 5-Mar-1809, d. 25-Apr-1861)
Mother: Jane March Hanes (b. 24-Dec-1812, d. 12-Jun-1897)
Sister: Paulina Hanes (b. 6-Nov-1834, d. infancy)
Brother: Spencer Joseph Hanes (b. 18-May-1837, d. 9-Apr-1879)
Sister: Mary Margaret Hanes Dwire (b. 16-Oct-1838, d. 14-Aug-1885)
Brother: Jacob Hanes (b. 3-Apr-1840, d. 12-May-1864 Civil War)
Brother: William Hinkle Hanes (b. 17-Oct-1842, d. 26-Mar-1844)
Brother: George Hanes (b. 12-Mar-1844, d. 2-Jun-1864 Civil War)
Sister: Catherine Elizabeth Hanes (b. 21-Jul-1848, d. 1914)
Brother: John W. Hanes (founder of Hanes Hosiery Mills Co., 3-Feb-1850, d. 22-Sep-1903)
Brother: Phillip Hanes (b. 1-May-1851, d. 14-Mar-1903)
Brother: Benjamin Franklin Hanes (firefighter, b. 31-Aug-1853, d. 24-Aug-1895)
Wife: Mary Lizora Fortune Hanes (b. 25-Aug-1855, m. 29-Apr-1873, d. 12-Jan-1915)
Daughter: Katherine Hanes (b. 1878, d. 1865)
Son: Pleasant Huber Hanes Hazen (b. 1880, d. 1967)
Son: William Marvin Hanes (b. 21-Apr-1882, d. 23-Apr-1931)
Daughter: Margaret Hanes Olds (b. 11-Apr-1885, d. 17-Sep-1963)
Daughter: Frank Higgins Hanes Schoolfield (b. 20-Sep-1887, d. 20-Dec-1954)
Daughter: Ruth Hanes (b. circa 1891, d. circa 1930)

    Hanesbrands Founder & President of P.H. Hanes Knitting Company (1901-25)
    R. J. Reynolds Founder & President of Hanes Tobacco Co. (1872-1900)
    German Ancestry
    Scottish Ancestry


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