MS037
Dr. John Thomas Hoggard,
Private Papers 1899-1965

Dr. John T. Hoggard was a Renaissance man.  His interests and careers included business, education, medicine and politics.  He had a long and illustrious career as a physician and surgeon, serving his country ably in the Spanish-American War and again in World War I.  After completing his military service, Dr. Hoggard practiced medicine in Aulander, Atkinson and Wilmington, NC until he retired from the profession in 1949.  During his years of professional service, he was active in medical associations on the local, state and national levels. 

His major business interest was banking.  Dr. Hoggard helped to organize the Morris Plan Bank of Wilmington, which later became the Bank of Wilmington.  He served as vice-president of the bank for many years and was also local chairman of the board of directors of the North Carolina National Bank.  Other business interests included founding and serving as president of the New Hanover Housing Corporation; founder of Toms Drug Company—a Wilmington drugstore; a partner in Hoggard Brothers, Aulander, NC; and a director of Cooperative Savings and Loan Association, Wilmington, NC.

Dr. Hoggard was also very active in numerous social and civic organizations.  Among his affiliations were:  the Wilmington Board of Finance; President of the Brigade Boys’ Club of Wilmington; Kiwanis Club; Free and Accepted Masons; Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Cape Fear Club; Cape Fear Country Club; Woodmen of the World; American Legion; Chamber of Commerce; Wilmington Historical Society; Phi Chi; Phi Kappa Alpha; BPOE; Carolina Yacht Club; Surf Club and the Democratic Party.           

His career in education began with his election as Chairman of the New Hanover County (NC) Board of Education in 1935.  Dr. Hoggard served in this capacity until 1952.  While chairman, he was very instrumental in bringing about the founding of Wilmington College (NC) in 1947.  Dr. Hoggard directed the operations of the College as Chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Education from 1947-1952.  He assumed the presidency of the college and the chairmanship of the board of trustees in 1952.  In 1958, Dr. Hoggard retired as president but retained his position as chairman of the board of trustees until his death in 1965.  Under his leadership, Wilmington College grew from a small local junior college to a four-year state institution of higher education.  Dr. Hoggard was active in acquiring the 610-acre tract of land on Highway 132 that became the permanent site of the college.  When the state authorized Wilmington College to grant baccalaureate degrees in 1963, he actively recruited new faculty and also helped with the curriculum. Arrangement of the collection is chronological. 

The collection was donated to the William Madison Randall Library by Mrs. Elizabeth Harriss, daughter of Dr. Hoggard, on July 24, 1987.           

This collection has been designated Accession Number 37 of the Manuscripts Collection, Special Collections Department, William Madison Randall Library, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-3297.

There are no access restrictions on this collection. 

Processed by Lana Donaldson Taylor
Special Collections Librarian
Manuscripts Collection
William Madison Randall Library
The University of North Carolina Wilmington
March 20, 1989

Chronology

December 27, 1876
Born in Aulander, NC to William David and Cornelia Frances (White) Hoggard
 

1898
Student at Wake Forest College
 

1899
Private, Spanish-American War, member of Company C of the Light Artillery, attached to Theodore Roosevelt’s regiment in Cuba
 

1906
Received his MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia
 

1908
December 23, 1908
Married Virginia Elizabeth Hawes of Atkinson, NC

October 13, 1912
Received the 25 Year Award of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina

1914-1919
Served in the Medical Corps; promoted from first lieutenant to captain and was made commanding officer of Camp Hospital No. 72, France

1919-1920
Physician for the State Lumber Company, Atkinson, NC

1920-1949
Practiced medicine in Wilmington, NC

1929
One of the organizers of the Morris Plan Bank of Wilmington, which later became the Bank of Wilmington

1935-1952
Chairman of the New Hanover County (NC) Board of Education

November 21, 1946
Inducted into the Sudan Temple, New Bern, NC

May 24, 1949
Delivered the first commencement address at Wilmington College (NC)

1949-1958
President of Wilmington College (NC)

1952
Established the Hoggard Award Medal (Wilmington College) as an acknowledgement of the student who has shown the most improvement academically and socially during their college career.  Awarded annually.

May 2, 1956
Received the 50 Year Club Award—The Medical Society of the State of North Carolina

1958
Donated family homestead site in Atkinson (NC) for a public park.

1958
Retired as President of Wilmington College (NC).

1958-1965
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wilmington College (NC)

1959
Named Kiwanian of the Year (Wilmington, NC)

1961
Made a “gentlemen’s agreement” with Dr. Hubert A. Eaton and other black leaders in Wilmington (NC) to integrate Wilmington College beginning Fall Semester 1962 without court intervention

November 19, 1961
John T. Hoggard Hall dedicated at Wilmington College

1962-1965
Named honorary chairman of the board of directors for the North Carolina National Bank

November 16, 1962
Recipient of the Boy’s Club Bronze Keystone Award

March 10, 1964
Received the Veteran’s Award of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina

August 17, 1965
Died in Wilmington, NC


Bibliography 
Crews, James Marshall.  From These Beginnings:  Wilmington College 1946-1969.  Wilmington:  The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1984.

“Dr. Hoggard Dies Here at Age 88.”  Wilmington Star-News, August 18, 1975. 

“Educators Laud Hoggard’s Contributions to the Area.”  Wilmington Star-News, August 18, 1965.

Lefler, Hugh Talmage.  History of North Carolina:  Volume IV.  New York:  Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., pp. 648-649. 

The National Cyclopedia of American Biography:  Volume LIII.  New York:  James T. White & Company, 1971. 

North Carolina:  The Old North State and the New:  Volume III.  Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1941m pp. 248-250. 

“School Board lauds Hoggard in Resolution.”  Wilmington Star-News, August 18, 1965. 

Who’s Who in the South and Southwest:  Sixth Edition.  Chicago:  Marquis—Who’s Who, 1959.

Inventory
Manuscript/Box/File

037/1/1
June 1, 1949, Letter from R.C. Beemon, Dean of Wilmington College (NC)

037/1/2
August 10, 1949, Letter from J. Van B. Metts, Adjutant General of North Carolina
August 17, 1949, Letter from Thomas T. Hamilton, Director of Secondary Education (Commonwealth of Virginia)
 

037/1/3
August 20, 1953, Letter from William B. Umstead, candidate for governor (NC)

037/1/4
March 1, 1957, Letter from Claude T. Gore
March 6, 1957, Letter from Frederick Coville, Mayor Atkinson, NC
 

037/1/5
July 2, 1957, Letter from William M. Randall, Dean of Wilmington College (NC)

037/1/6
July 29, 1958, Letter from J.W. Grise, Assistant Superintendent, New Hanover County and Wilmington City (NC) Schools
July 29, 1958, Letter from George H. West, Director, Vocational Education, New Hanover County and Wilmington City (NC) Schools

037/1/7
August 1, 1958, Letter from Charles F. Carroll, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (NC)
August 1, 1958, Letter from Leslie N. Boney, Architect, Wilmington, NC

037/1/8

August 8, 1958, Letter from Ione Pinner Whitehead, Secretary, New Hanover County and Wilmington City (NC) Schools

037/1/9
August 14, 1958, Letter and resolution from Emsley A. Laney and the New Hanover County and Wilmington City (NC) Schools Board of Education
 

037/1/10
August 27, 1958, Letter from Hubert A. Eaton, MD, Wilmington, NC
 

037/1/11
August 29, 1958, Copy of a letter to Jane Hall, Feature Writer, News and Observer, Raleigh, NC, from Leslie N. Boney

037/1/12
September 2, 1958, Letter from W.D. (Dallas) Herring, Chairman, State Board of Education (NC)

037/1/13
February 27, 1959, Letter from William J.B. Orr, MD, Auburndale, FL

037/1/14
Circa 1960, Memo from H.M. Roland, Superintendent of Schools, New Hanover County (NC) Board of Education

037/1/15
March 3, 1960, Letter from Mrs. V.T. Ellis, President, New Hanover County (NC) PTA

037/1/16

April 7, 1960, Letter from Randolph L. Gregory (Pastor), First Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC

037/1/17
May 5, 1960, Letter from George Attix, Manager, Chamber of Commerce of Elizabeth City (NC)

037/1/18
November 20, 1961, Letter to William M. Randall, President of Wilmington College (NC), from William C. Archie, Director, Board of Higher Education (NC)

037/1/19
February 1963, Greetings from Leslie N. Boney

037/1/20
May 23, 1963, Letter from William H. Wagoner, Superintendent, New Hanover County (NC) Schools
 

037/1/21
July 19, 1963, Copy of a letter to the Honorable Terry Sanford, Governor of North Carolina

037/1/22
February 15, 1964, Letter from Herbert H. Pate, Secretary (The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina)

037/1/23
August 17, 1965, Telegram to Mrs. John T. Hoggard from Dan Moore, Governor of North Carolina

037/1/24
August 17, 1965, Telegram to Mrs. John T. Hoggard from William Friday (President of UNC)

037/1/25
August 18, 1965, Telegram to the family of Dr. John T. Hoggard from Attorney Lisbon C. Berry, Jr., Wilmington, NC

037/1/26
May 24, 1949, Typescript of first commencement speech to the first graduating class of Wilmington College (draft)

037/1/27
May 25, 1949, Typescript of first commencement speech to the first graduating class of Wilmington College (draft with handwritten corrections)

037/1/28
May 25, 1949, Typescript of first commencement speech to the first graduating class of Wilmington College (draft with handwritten corrections and annotations)

037/1/29
June 1952, Commencement speech, Statement of thanks to Dr. Sutton, commencement speaker, Wilmington College (NC)

037/1/30
June 1953,  Commencement speech, Introduction of Mr. Allen Marshall, commencement speaker, Wilmington College (NC)

037/1/31
June 7, 1954, Commencement speech, Statement of thanks to Judge Moore, commencement speaker, Wilmington College (NC) 

037/1/32
June 1956(?), Commencement speech, Statement of thanks to F.L. LaQue, commencement speaker, Wilmington College (NC) 

037/1/33 
No Date, Typescript fragment of radio interview with WMFD (Wilmington, NC)
 

037/1/34
No Date, Typescript with handwritten annotations of a radio speech on WGN “What Religion Means to Me and the World”
 

037/1/35
No Date, Statement to the alumni of Wilmington College (NC)
  

037/1/36
October 13, 1912, North Carolina Grand Lodge Service Certificate for 25 Years of Service

037/1/37
November 21, 1946, The Imperial Council of the Ancient Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America, Sudan Temple of New Bern, NC, Number 943851

037/1/38
May 2, 1956, 50 Year Club, The Medical Society of the State of North Carolina

037/1/39
November 16, 1962, Boy’s Club Bronze Keystone Award
 

037/1/40
August 14, 1963, Appointment to the Board of Trustees of Wilmington College by Terry Sanford, Governor (NC)
 

037/1/41
March 10, 1964, Veterans Award, The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina

037/1/42
March 21, 1945, An Act to Establish a Junior College in New Hanover County, NC, carbon copy
 

037/1/43
Circa 1899, 8 X 10 sepia photo—Light Bat C, 3rd Artillery in Cuba
1960, 8 X 10 black and white photo—Dr. John T. Hoggard and Dr. William M. Randall, ground breaking ceremony

037/1/44
Architect’s blueprint for Hoggard Park, Atkinson, NC

037/1/45
October 10, 1950, Program—The inauguration of Gordon Gray as President of the Consolidated University of North Carolina

037/1/46
January 20, 1961, Invitation to the inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson

037/1/47
November 19, 1961, Program of the Dedication of the New Campus and Buildings of Wilmington College (NC)

037/1/48
January 20, 1965, Invitation to the inauguration of Lyndon Baines Johnson and Hubert Horatio Humphrey

037/1/49
Telegram to Mrs. John T. Hoggard from Howard R. Boozer, Associate Director, NC Board of Higher Education

037/1/50
Letter to Mrs. Hoggard from Lennox P. McLendon, Greensboro, NC

037/1/51
January 15, 1959, Letter to Dr. Hoggard

037/1/52
Newspaper Articles,
April 10, 1936,“Observes Eight-fourth Birthday Anniversary”, Bertie (NC)Ledger-Advance, page 1

May 26, 1951, “16 Students Graduate at Wilmington College”, Wilmington Morning Star, pages 1-2

May 1952, Photograph—Wilmington Star

May 12, 1954, “Student Government Day Set Tomorrow”, Wilmington News, fragment

May 12, 1954, “Trask Reports Roads Improved for 2.68”, Wilmington News

May 12, 1954, “Teacher Reemployment Spurned at Board Session”, Wilmington News, 2-A

July 10, 1954, “Broadfoot Gives Architect Views”, Wilmington Star, fragment

July 11, 1954, “NH School Board Member Attacks ‘Exclusive Services’ Architect Policy”, Wilmington Star, fragment

July 12, 1954, “Boney’s Fee are $172,000 for One Year”, Wilmington News, page 2-A

July 23, 1954, “Hoggard Says Cut Will Ruin Schools, Cost Credit Listing”, Wilmington News, page 2-A

July 23, 1954, “School Board Didn’t Go the Last Mile”, Wilmington Morning Star, page 6 

May 1955, Photo, Wilmington Morning Star

March 1957, Photo, Progressive Farmer

April 1958, “A Vote for Community’s Children”

January 15, 1959,“Dr. John T. Hoggard Honored by Kiwanis”, Wilmington Morning Star, page 1

November 21, 1961,“Notables at Dedication of Wilmington College”, News and Observer, pages 1-2

January 13, 1963, “Deserves Inclusion in University”, Wilmington Morning Star, page 2-D

January 13, 1963, “Taxpayers Gave O.K. for College”, Wilmington Morning Star, page 2-D

“Vote for College Should be Large” 

“Salary Deficiency of NHHS Teachers Noted by Group”

"Flowers for the Living”

Obituary, Edmund A. Hawes

ca. 1964, "Board to Select Site Soon for John T. Hoggard School," Wilmington Morning Star

Additions to the Collection from Virginia Harriss Holland, Granddaughter

037/1/53
July 1, 1973, Short History of Dr. John Thomas Hoggard by Elizabeth Hoggard Harriss

June 24, 1919, "50-Room Hospital to be Built Here," The Morning Star

"Miss Hoggard to Enter St. Mary's College"

Photo of Virginia "Jeanie" Hoggard, Wife

"Mrs. J.T. Hoggard, Educator's Widow, Dies Thursday"

"Dr. Hoggard Dies Here at Age 88"

Spanish-American War, Photo of Dr. John T. Hoggard Leaning on Cannon

1960, Photo of John T. Hoggard and William Madison Randall, Star-News

September 2, 1964, "The University that Grew 'From These Beginnings,' " Star-News

"Crews: A Gentleman and a Scholar"

February 8, 1953, "The Story of Poplar Hall, a Country Seat Which Has Seen Generations Come and Depart," Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Part 2 Page 9 (photocopy)

037/2
February 8, 1953, “The Story of Poplar Hall, a Country Seat Which Has Seen Generations Come and Depart," Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Part 2 Page 9

November 5, 1961, “Wilmington College—Tidewater Dream Come True”, News and Observer, page I-10

June 5, 1963, “Rowe Urges Graduates to Equip Themselves with Set of Values”, Pender (NC) Chronicle, page 5, autographed by Rowe

July 7, 1963, “Wilmington College Entering New Era”, Wilmington Morning Star, page 14-A

July 4, 1973, “A Day in the Park…Hoggard Park Dedicated”, Pender (NC) Chronicle, page 3

037/3
John T. Hoggard, MD, Doctor's Hood and Cap

 

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