Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


John K. Hulston Papers

Dates: 1907-1981.

Attorney in Springfield, Missouri and Friend of Harry S. Truman.

The Papers of John K. Hulston consist mainly of legal documents and printed materials relating to Harry S. Truman.

See also John K. Hulston oral history.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one half of one linear foot (about 200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received with this collection. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Catherine Cooney (2008) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
John Kenton Hulston

1915 (March 29)Born in Bona, Dade County, Missouri
1932-1936Student at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri
1938-1946Student at University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, passed Missouri Bar Examination (1941), and member of the 35th Division, U.S. Army
1946-1948Chairman of Greene County (Missouri) Democratic Central Committee
1946-2004Attorney in Springfield, Missouri
1948Presidential Elector, 6th Congressional District, Missouri
1950-1959At various times, President of Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Springfield Home Rule Charter Commission, Co-founder of Pioneer Oil Company, and Chairman of the Board and President of the Bank of Ash Grove
1961-1971Chairman of Wilson’s Creek Battlefield National Park Commission
1961-1975Member of Missouri Civil War Centennial Commission
1966-1979At various times, Chairman of the Board and President of Citizens Home Bank in Greenfield, Missouri; Secretary, Director, and Vice President of Ozark Air Lines; and President of Greene County Bar Association
1973-2004Trustee of Drury University
2004 (November 13)Died

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Papers of John K. Hulston mainly consist of legal documents and printed materials regarding Harry S. Truman.

Included are circuit court records, legal filings from the Shannon County Court and Missouri Supreme Court, and legal statements regarding two cases: Frank C. Gallagher vs. J. William Chilton and Anna Davis and J. William Chilton and Anna Davis vs. Harry S. Truman. These documents were collected by Hulston and relate to a dispute over land in Shannon County, Missouri, that involved Harry S. Truman. The dispute was carried on in Missouri courts from 1907 to 1917.

Hulston’s autobiography, An Ozarks Lawyer’s Story, 1946-1976, which is in the Truman Library’s book collection, describes his many interests and business ventures as well as his personal life. The Truman Library also has an oral history interview with John K. Hulston.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 SUBJECT FILE, 1907-1981
Printed materials and legal documents regarding Harry S. Truman. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

    SUBJECT FILE, 1907-1981
Box 1
  • An Ozarks Lawyer’s Story, 1946-1976 by John K. Hulston [cross reference]
  • Frank C. Gallagher vs. J. William Chilton and Anna Davis, Supreme Court of Missouri, Appellants’ Abstract
  • Frank C. Gallagher vs. J. William Chilton and Anna Davis, Supreme Court of Missouri, Respondent’s Statement
  • J. William Chilton and Anna Davis vs. Harry S. Truman, Supreme Court of Missouri, Appellants’ Statement
  • Legal Filings, Shannon County Court
  • Legal Filings, Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Shannon County, Missouri, Circuit Court Records

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