John Jay Hopkins

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John Jay Hopkins
Born October 15, 1893
Santa Ana, California
Died May 3, 1957 (1957-05-04) (aged 63)
Georgetown University Hospital Washington, DC
Cause of death Cancer [1]
Nationality U.S.
Occupation Lawyer
Known for Founder and president of General Dynamics

John Jay Hopkins (October 15, 1893 – May 3, 1957) was founder and president of General Dynamics from 1952 to 1957.

Hopkins was born in Santa Ana, California.

He was assistant to the Treasury Secretary. In 1937, he joined Electric Boat as a lawyer, and eventually became director. In 1948, as president of Electric Boat, he purchased Canadair and created General Dynamics from that foundation in 1952.

Hopkins created the golf World Cup, which began as the Canada Cup in 1953, and donated the trophy for the event.

Hopkins died in Washington, DC.[2]


  1. ^ Diario de Las Palmas, 4 de Mayo de 1957
  2. ^ Staff report (May 4, 1957). J.J. HOPKINS DIES; INDUSTRIALIST, 63; Chairman of Billion-Dollar General Dynamics Corp. Built Navy's Nautilus. PROPOSED ATOM PLANS. Winner of '53 Alger Award. Also Worked on Missiles. Founded Golf Group Little Known to Public. Developed Big Concern. Sponsored Golf Matches. New York Times