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Jimmy Hoffa

Labor Union Leader
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Net worth 2018: $8 Million
Industry: Leaders
Residence: Brazil, Indiana, United States
Country: United States
BirthDay: 14 February 1913
Sigh: Pisces
Died On: July 30, 1975

Jimmy Hoffa was bornon 14 February 1913 in Brazil, Indiana, United States, American, is Labor Union Leader. Jimmy Hoffa was an American labour union leader who remained the President of ‘International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ (IBT) union for over a decade. Starting young as a union activist, he gradually emerged as a significant regional figure with IBT by the time he reached his mid-20s. He became IBT’s national vice-president and then served as general president of the union. He remained instrumental in advancing and developing IBT that with time saw highest number of membership in the US with a count of more than 1.5 million members under his leadership. Throughout the 1950s the agendas of Teamsters was under the influence of organized crime and Hoffa also became associated with it. He was found guilty of fraud, attempted bribery and tampering of jury and was incarcerated and sentenced for thirteen years. A pardon agreement with President Richard Nixon was reached to assist the progress of his release and adhering to a part of such agreement, he resigned as president of IBT in the mid-1971. He was impeded from any union activities by Nixon till the end of his original prison term that is 1980. However before completion of such term Hoffa disappeared in July 1975, and many theories and rumours did the rounds for such disappearance. He was finally declared legally dead in 1982. The ‘Special Collections Research Center’ of ‘George Washington University’ has a collection of papers including articles from newspapers and magazines, publicity materials, trial transcripts and numerous other materials associated with him.


He is also an attorney who remained a labour lawyer in Detroit for 25 years and since 1999 serves as the General President of IBT


The 1992 French-American biographical crime film ‘Hoffa’ was based on him


Other biopics featuring his character included ‘Blood Feud’ (1983) and ‘Robert Kennedy & His Times’ (1985)


Finally in 1982, after 7 years of Hoffa’s vanishing, he was declared legally dead and on July 30 that year a death certificate in his name was issued


As a condition of his pardon agreement, Hoffa was prevented by President Nixon from union activities till his original prison term that was till March 1980, had he served full sentence


According to a truck driver, he saw Hoffa in a maroon 1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham that moved out of the restaurant and nearly bumped into his truck


Early release of Hoffa raised suspicion of a secret deal between Nixon and IBT union, which although supported Democratic candidates, had earlier backed Republican Nixon during his presidential re-election bid in 1972


On December 23, 1971, he was released from prison after President Richard Nixon reduced his 13 years sentence to the time served


In 1970 his book ‘The Trials of Jimmy Hoffa: An Autobiography, as Told to Donald I


After three years of unsuccessful appeals, in March 1967 he started to serve his imprisonment terms at Pennsylvania’s ‘Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary’


He was found guilty of trying to bribe a grand juror and faced 8 years sentence in 1964 in Chattanooga, Tennessee


He was re-elected as president of Teamsters in 1961, however as Robert F


The 1958 convention of Teamsters held at the Miami Beach, Florida, saw his election as its new president


Major criminal investigations were carried out against him in 1957 following the work of the John Little McClellan Senate Labor Sub-committee


Meanwhile in 1955 the headquarters of IBT shifted from Indianapolis to Washington, D


He suppressed an internal rebel brewing up against Dave Beck in IBT by attaining Central States regional support for the latter at the 1952 IBT convention held in Los Angeles


During those times gangsters played influential role in controlling truck unions and all through the 1950s Teamsters was under such influence


In December 1946 he became president of Local 299 and in a short while began leading the unified group of locals of Detroit region


On September 24, 1936, he married laundry worker Josephine Poszywak whom he had met six months earlier at a non-unionized strike of laundry workers


He along with other union leaders thrived in unifying different local unions of truckers and in this manner membership of Teamsters union which was 75,000 in 1933 rose to 170,000 in 1936, to 420,000 in 1939 and advanced further during the ‘Second World War’ reached a million counts by 1951


He left the grocery chain around 1932 and thereafter accepted invitation to play the role of an organizer with the Teamsters Local 299 in Detroit


In 1924 he and his family relocated to Detroit where he spent the rest of his life


His father was a coal-driller who succumbed to lungs disease in 1920 when he was just seven


Jimmy Hoffa was born on February 14, 1913, in Brazil, Indiana, United States to John Cleveland Hoffa and Viola (née Riddle) Hoffa


His ancestors were originally Pennsylvania Germans and immigrated to Indiana in the mid-1800s and his maternal ancestors were Irish Americans

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