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1953 Horatio Alger Award Winner

John Jay Hopkins*

Chairman and President
General Dynamics Corporation

"Take each job that comes your way seriously and perform them to the best of your ability."

John Jay Hopkins' first job was as a newspaper boy. He graduated from the University of California, worked briefly in the petroleum industry, and then entered Harvard Law School. He served as special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury before becoming vice president of the Electric Boat Company. He later became president of Electric Boat and its combined three units in 1952, forming General Dynamics. He was head of General Dynamics Corporation, one of the nation's leaders in the development of atomic energy.

* Deceased