John Jay Hopkins

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

John Jay Hopkins
BornOctober 15, 1893
DiedMay 3, 1957 (1957-05-04) (aged 63)
Alma materUniversity of California-Berkeley
Harvard Law School
Known forFounder and president of General Dynamics

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.[1]


  1. 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

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