Jim Hensley
Jim Hensley
James Willis "Jim" Hensley was an American businessman in the beer industry. Hensley was born in Texas and moved to Arizona during his youth. He was a bombardier on B-17 Flying Fortresses during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he was convicted of illegal distribution of liquor and was also involved in a racetrack operation that was investigated by authorities. He founded Hensley & Co. in 1955.
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Election slates set for Union County races - Palladium-Item
Google News - over 5 years
Six candidates are seeking five at-large seats on the Liberty Town Council: Incumbent Republicans Chris Rosenberger, Gerald Paul, Jerald D. Petro II and Ross Keasling, and incumbent Jim Hensley Jr. and newcomer Donald Isaac, both Democrats
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All-Stars step up to the plate - Asheville Citizen-Times
Google News - over 5 years
Nate Silvea of the Braves pitches during a Merritt Island Little League Majors division game against the Mustangs at Jim Hensley Park on Merritt Island. / Carla Steinmetz, for FLORIDA TODAY While Merritt Island hopes to be a big hit this week in
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Redistricting forum draws plenty of opinions in Oxnard - Ventura County Star
Google News - over 5 years
Said Jim Hensley of Oxnard, an officer with the Latino activist group League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): “We don't need Simi Valley. They're a whole different culture.” Some Simi Valley residents agreed with the concept of aligning their
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Jail Squeeze Frees Crook County Crooks - KTVZ
Google News - over 5 years
"Assaults, drug cases, possession of controlled substances, and there's even delivery of controlled substance cases," said Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley. It all depends on the person's criminal history, their current charges, and who's behind bars
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Police Beat for Friday, June 10th, 2011 - WJBD Online
Google News - over 5 years
The Marion County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of three or four rolls of wire taken from the 800 block of Bethel Road in rural Sandoval. The wire is owned by Jim Hensley of Green Street Road in Centralia
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News of Record: Deeds - Bend Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
... $469000 Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Sean P. Phothiyane, Ochoco Pointe PUD, Phase 1, Lot 37, $154000 Jim Hensley Sheriff of Crook County to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. trustee of Soundview Home Loan Trust 2006-OPT3, Township 14 South,
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Program proposed to teach low-income kids how to swim - Ventura County Star
Google News - almost 6 years
Jim Hensley, Ventura County deputy district director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said he organized the group as the result of seeing some startling statistics. "I read in the paper that almost 60 percent of black children and about
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Cauthron-Rego - Fort Smith Times Record
Google News - almost 6 years
Ms. Cauthron is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cauthron of Booneville and Gwen Wicks of Blanchard, Okla., and the late Jim Hensley. She has a master's degree in teaching from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
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İsrail Libya'da devrede - Yeni Asya
Google News - almost 6 years
McCain'in Rothschild bağlantısının Arizonalı zengin kayınpederi Jim Hensley'in, bir başka güçlü Yahudi ailesi Bronfman'lar ile olan yakın ilişkisine dayandığı anlaşılmıştı. Rothschild ailesi gibi Siyonist hareketin önde gelen finansörlerinden olan
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For McCains, a Public Path but Private Wealth
NYTimes - over 8 years
When Senator John McCain is in Washington, he lives in a luxury high-rise condominium in Arlington, Va., owned by his wife, Cindy Hensley McCain. Mrs. McCain also owns their condos in Phoenix, San Diego and Coronado, Calif., and their vacation compound near Sedona, Ariz. And it is the beer business, Hensley & Company, she inherited from her father
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THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: THE OTHER McCAIN; Unexpectedly, Cindy McCain Basks in a New Political Role
NYTimes - almost 17 years
At every campaign stop, John McCain introduces his wife, Cindy, as ''the one who everyone says, 'Why isn't she the candidate?' '' But until a few months ago, no one, including either of the McCains, saw her as someone who could take on even a supporting role in a national campaign. Some of her own friends considered her not only uninterested, but
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2000
    Age 79
    Hensley died in Phoenix on June 21, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details His frequently-amended will left his entire estate to Cindy Hensley McCain, who became the controlling stockholder and chair of the board after his death. His first daughter Kathleen, her husband and children had received substantial ongoing gifts, credit cards, and college tuition payments in the decade before his death, but were left only one modest lump sum from his estate.
    As his business continued to grow, Hensley became one of Arizona's richest men, although he never sought publicity. He held most of the controlling stock in Hensley & Co., although by 2000 his health was poor and he had withdrawn from daily operational control.
    More Details Hide Details With 500 employees, annual revenues at the time were about $220 million on 20 million cases of beer sold; Hensley & Co. was the second-largest Anheuser-Busch distributor in the nation, the fifth-largest beer distributorship overall in the nation and the 12th largest privately held company in Arizona. Jim Hensley was a major contributor to charity in the Phoenix metropolitan area as well, starting the Hensley Family Foundation. He also supported groups such as NASCAR and Gilbert Rodeo Days.
  • 1986
    Age 65
    Jim Hensley's past record with the law, as well as his past connection to Marley (who was suspected by the police in the 1976 car-bomb murder of Arizona Republic investigative reporter Don Bolles), were raised by McCain's opponent in the 1986 general election campaign for the U.S. Senate.
    More Details Hide Details McCain won that election handily.
  • 1982
    Age 61
    McCain soon left to begin his Congressional career with a victory in the 1982 election for U.S. House of Representatives.
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  • 1981
    Age 60
    In 1981, Hensley hired his new son-in-law John McCain, recently married to his daughter Cindy, as Vice President of Public Relations for Hensley & Co.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 59
    By 1980 the business had become quite successful and Jim Hensley was a multi-millionaire.
    More Details Hide Details Hensley had also distanced himself from Marley, and had helped set up a local hospital; nevertheless, he was never fully accepted by the Phoenix establishment.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 34
    In 1955, Hensley founded the beer distributorship that would have his name, borrowing $10,000 against everything he had to buy a small existing distributorship.
    More Details Hide Details He was given a state liquor license despite his normally disqualifying past felony conviction. At the start it had 15 workers, sold 73,000 cases of beer a year, and had a 6 percent market share. Hensley soon switched to exclusively distributing Anheuser-Busch beer. Under the early names Hensley & Company Distributors and Hensley & Company Wholesale, the company saw decades of steady growth. It was aided by the Phoenix area becoming one of the fastest-growing regions of the country while the company maintained its position as Anheuser-Busch's only distributor there. Jim Hensley's tireless sales efforts and the generous wages and benefits he gave employees were also key success factors.
    Jim Hensley would sell his interest in Ruidoso Downs to his brother Eugene in 1955 (who would in turn sell it to a Marley-connected company in 1969).
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  • 1953
    Age 32
    The Hensley brothers gained their Ruidoso Downs racetrack license in 1953, as no New Mexico law barred convicted felons from race track ownership, although in 1955 new Governor of New Mexico John F. Simms would say he was "appalled" by the previous administration's decision to do so.
    More Details Hide Details Previous Governor Edwin L. Mechem had defended the approval, saying that the Hensleys had been under constant surveillance and deserved continued attention, but that no action was taken against them because the investigation showed that as race tracks go, all laws apparently were being observed.
    In a May 1953 hearing before the New Mexico State Racing Commission, the Hensley brothers concealed the existence an equal partner, Clarence "Teak" Baldwin, who had been banned from any ownership role due to illegal bookmaking activities.
    More Details Hide Details A 1953 New Mexico State Police investigation found further that Kemper Marley was a financial backer for bookmakers and had connections with Baldwin and with the bookmaking operations of organized crime, a conclusion echoed decades later by the Arizona Project investigative reporting team.
  • 1952
    Age 31
    In December 1952, the Hensley brothers bought into the Ruidoso Downs racetrack in New Mexico, with Eugene running it and Jim returning to Phoenix.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 24
    Following his discharge in 1945, Hensley and his brother went back to work for Marley in his United Sales Company in Phoenix and United Distributors in Tucson.
    More Details Hide Details In 1948, both brothers were prosecuted by the federal government and convicted of multiple counts of falsifying liquor records in a conspiracy to conceal illegal distribution of whiskey against post-war rationing regulations. Jim Hensley received a six-month sentence (later upheld but suspended by an appeals court) while his brother received a year in federal prison, and both were fined. In 1953, Jim Hensley and Marley were charged by federal prosecutors with falsifying liquor records. Defended by future Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, they were acquitted.
    Hensley divorced his wife, and shortly thereafter married Marguerite on March 29, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee while on leave from the USAAF.
    More Details Hide Details They would have one child together, Cindy Lou Hensley, born 1954. Hensley's first daughter grew up with her mother, but he maintained occasional contact with her.
  • 1943
    Age 22
    On his thirteenth mission, his plane was shot down over the English Channel; around the same time, his wife gave birth to their daughter, Kathleen Ann Hensley, in February 1943.
    More Details Hide Details In all, his planes were shot down two or three times. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Hensley was injured during his service, and sent to a West Virginia medical facility to recover. There he met Marguerite "Smitty" Johnson (born Cairo, Illinois, January 16, 1919, died Scottsdale, Arizona, October 11, 2006, daughter of Swedish American parents), who had one daughter, Dixie, from a previous relationship.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 16
    He married Mary Jeanne Parks, his high school sweetheart, around 1937, and worked as a paper salesman.
    More Details Hide Details Hensley and his older brother, Eugene, first began working in the liquor distribution business before World War II, being in the employ of Kemper Marley, Sr., an Arizona rancher who had become wealthy in that business in Phoenix and Tucson following the end of Prohibition. The brothers started the United Liquor Co. in Phoenix and the United Distribution Co. in Tucson. Jim Hensley then served three years as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a bombardier on B-17 Flying Fortresses.
  • 1936
    Age 15
    Hensley was born in San Antonio, Texas to Jessie and James L. Hensley. The family was poor and his father was an alcoholic. They lived in the South until moving to Arizona; Hensley graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1936.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on April 12, 1920.
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