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Frank W. Wilson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MPA-0130
The majority of this collection documents Wilson's service in the Jimmy Hoffa trial and Estes Kefauver's 1948 presidential bid (Wilson served as campaign manager). Other material includes opinions, speeches, minutes, and correspondence dating between 1940 and 1982.

Dates

  • 1944-1982

Conditions Governing Access

The Modern Political Archives are housed at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Researchers interested in consulting the MPA collections are advised to contact the Modern Political Archives

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Modern Political Archives .

Extent

25 Linear Feet (51 boxes)

Abstract

This collection documents Wilson’s service as presiding judge in the Jimmy Hoffa trial and Estes Kefauver’s 1948 presidential bid (Wilson served as campaign manager). Other material includes opinions, speeches, minutes, and correspondence dating between 1940 and 1982.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frank Wiley Wilson was born on June 21, 1917 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was educated at the University of Tennessee, earning his B.A. in 1939 and his LL.B. in 1941. He was admitted to the bar in 1941 and began practicing law with Poore, Cramer, & Cox. Wilson remained with this firm until May 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After being honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to Knoxville and founded a law practice with his lifelong friend Eugene Joyce. In addition to his work with Wilson & Joyce, Wilson also served as County Attorney for Anderson County (1948-1950) and City Attorney for Norris, Tennessee (1950-1961). Wilson ran for Congress in 1950, being defeated by Howard Baker Sr. for the second congressional district of Tennessee. Wilson left the practice of law in 1961 when he accepted the position of U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He was promoted to chief judge in 1969, and remained at this post until his death on September 29, 1982.

Wilson married Helen Elizabeth Warwick on April 6, 1942, and the couple had two sons: Frank Carl and William Randal.

Arrangement

The collection contains nine series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Court Transcripts, 1964-1967
  2. Series II: Daily Trial Notes, 1964-1982
  3. Series III: General File, 1933-1975
  4. Series IV: Jury System, 1969-1970
  5. Series V: Minutes, 1961-1982
  6. Series VI: Opinions, 1961-1982
  7. Series VII: Speech Books
  8. Series VIII: Speech Material, 1948-1982
  9. Series IX: Oversized

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.1160

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480