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James Gordon Hanes


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James Gordon Hanes, Jr., was born on March 3, 1916, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to James Gordon Hanes, Sr., and Emmie Drewry Hanes. Gordon Hanes, Jr., was born into a family well-established in the Winston-Salem community, his father being the founder, president and chairman of the Board of the Hanes Hosiery Co. and its successor, Hanes Corp. Gordon Hanes, Jr. graduated from Woodberry Forest School in 1933, and then traveled to New Haven, Connecticut, to attend Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1937. He went on to study Business Administration at Pace College and graduated in 1939. He married Helen Greever Copenhaver on August 30, 1941, and had three children:  James Gordon Hanes, III, Eldridge C. Hanes, and Margaret Drewry Hanes.

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