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John W. Hanes

AKA John Wesley Hanes

Born: 3-Feb-1850
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC
Died: 22-Sep-1903
Location of death: Atlantic City, NJ
Cause of death: Illness
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: Hosiery magnate

John W. Hanes operated a tobacco company with his brother Pleasant Hanes, but a serious illness, presumably caused by extensive exposure to tobacco, forced John Hanes to quit that work. Selling the tobacco business to R. J. Reynolds and splitting the proceeds, John Hanes established a sock-knitting factory called Shamrock Mills in 1901, but he never fully recovered from his illness, and died in 1903. The business remained in the family, and in 1914 was renamed Hanes Hosiery Mills Co. Pleasant Hanes established the P.H. Hanes Knitting Company in 1901 to manufacture underwear, and long after both brothers were dead the two Hanes operations were merged in 1962 as Hanes Corporation. John Hanes' son Robert March Hanes had a long career with Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, joining the firm as a teller in 1919 and serving as Wachovia's President from 1931-56.

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)
Brother: Pleasant Hanes (founder of Hanes Knitting Co., b. 16-Oct-1845, d. 9-Jun-1925)
Sister: Catherine Elizabeth Hanes (b. 21-Jul-1848, d. 1914)
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: Anna Jannette Hodgin Hanes (b. 7-Dec-1857, m. 2-Dec-1879, d. 19-Jul-1947)
Daughter: Daisy Hanes Lassiter (b. 1880)
Son: Alexander Stephen Hanes (b. 1881, d. 1944)
Son: Fred Moir Hanes (b. 1883, d. 1946)
Son: James Gordon Hanes (b. 1886)
Son: Robert March Hanes (Wachovia executive, b. 22-Sep-1890, b. 10-Mar-1959)
Son: John Wesley Hanes, Jr. (b. 1892)
Daughter: Lucy Hanes Chatham (b. 1895, d. 1949)
Son: Edward Hanes (b. 1898 twin)
Son: Ralph Phillip Hanes (b. 1898 twin)

    R. J. Reynolds Vice President of Hanes Tobacco Co. (1872-1900)
    Hanesbrands Founder & President of Hanes Hosiery Mills Co. (1901-03)
    German Ancestry
    Scottish Ancestry


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