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John James "Jack" Hollister Jr.


Picture of John James Hollister Jr.
CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1955 Democratic SD-31 13661 Win
11-06-1956 Democratic SD-31 24033 Win
11-08-1960 Democratic SD-31 37155 Win

Candidate Biography:

John James Hollister, Jr.
Born: December 24, 1901 in Santa Barbara, CA
Married: Cynthia Boyd (in 1928)
Family: Son of J. James Hollister
Died (in office): November 23, 1961 in Santa Barbara, CA

  • PLACENAME: Bridge 49-178, over the Huasna River in San Luis Obispo county, is named the "Senator John J. Hollister Memorial Bridge". It was built in 1962 and named in the same year. - Source:
  • PLACENAME: Hollister Avenue, running parallel to Highway 101 in Goleta, was likely named for the members of this Hollister family. 
  • PLACENAME: The city of Hollister (in San Benito County) was named for his grandfather, William Welles Hollister, who owned the land from 1861 to 1875. Also named for W. W. Hollister is Hollister Ranch (in Santa Barbara Co.) which is known in surfing communities for a number of good surfing locations. 
  • 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 (1958)
Source: "JOHN J. HOLLISTER (1901-1961)" by the UC Davis Department of Animal Science
Source: "Brand History" [] by the Abercrombie & Fitch Co. [accessed 4/28/2011]