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John James "Jim" Hollister Sr.


Picture of John James Hollister Sr.
CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1924 Republican SD-25 12601 Win
11-03-1936 Democratic SD-31 11870 Win
11-05-1940 Write-in SD-31 7476 Loss

Candidate Biography:

John James Hollister, Sr.
Born: December 7, 1870 at Hollister Ranch (Santa Barbara Co.), CA
Married: Lottie Steffans Hollister
Children: Jane Hollister Wheelwright, Joseph Steffen Hollister, Jack Hollister, and Clinton Bennett Hollister
Died: May 4, 1961 in CA

1898-1899: Miner near Nome, Alaska
1920: President, Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau

  • PLACENAME: The city of Hollister (in San Benito County) was named for his father, William Welles Hollister, who owned the land from 1861 to 1875. Also named for W. W. Hollister is Hollister Ranch (in Santa Barbara Co.)
  • PLACENAME: Hollister Avenue, running parallel to Highway 101 in Goleta, was likely named for the members of this Hollister family.  
  • FICTIONAL CHARACTER: According to the "Brand History" pseudohistory provided by the Abercrombie & Fitch Co., the Hollister Co. was created by a man named "John M. Hollister". The fictional John H. Hollister started the company in 1922 in Laguna Beach, while his son (John M. Hollister, Jr.) was "an avid and now legendary surfer... expanded the company to include surf apparel and equipment." Both Hollisters who served in the California Legislature were born at Hollister Ranch in Santa Barbara Co., which is a well-known surfing location. Additionally, much of the Hollister Co. clothing line features the label "Hollister, California" which is the name of a town founded by the actual John J. Hollister Sr.'s father.

Source: California Blue Book (1928)
Source: "Brand History" by the Abercrombie & Fitch Co. [accessed 4/28/2011]
Source: "Land Use History" by the Hollister Ranch [accessed 4/28/2011]

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