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John Kenton Hulston, American lawyer, director. Bar: Missouri 1941, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1949.


Hulston, John Kenton was born on March 29, 1915 in Dade County, Missouri, United States. Son of John Fred and Myrtle Rosa (King) Hulston.


AB, Drury College, Springfield, Missouri, 1936. Juris Doctor, Missouri University, Columbia, 1941. Doctor (honorary), Missouri University, Columbia, 1997.


Teacher, coach, Ash Grove (Missouri) High School, 1936-1938; private practice law, Springfield, since 1946; co-founder, director, vice president, secretary, Reed Oil Corporation, Big Spring, Texas, 1951-1968; co-founder, director, vice president, secretary, Pioneer Oil Corporation, Fort Worth, 1954-1979; operator, chairman, Copperhead Hill farms (beef production), since 1955; chairman, Bank of Ash Grove, since 1959; chairman, Citizens Home Bank, Greenfield, Missouri, since 1966; president, Bank of Springfield, 1968-1969; president, Bank of Billings, since 1987; vice chairman, director, member Executive Committee, Centerre Bank of Springfield (now Nation's Bank), 1969-1989; secretary, director, vice president, member Executive Committee, Ozark Air Lines Inc. (now Trans World Airlines), St. Louis, 1971-1986; secretary, director, vice president, Ozark Holdings Inc. (now Trans World Airlines), St. Louis, 1984-1988; nominal partner, Hulston, Jones, Gammon & Marsh, since 1984.

Instructor real estate law Drury College, 1948-1964. Visiting lecturer corporation law E.R. Breech School Business, 1953.


  • Bar: Missouri 1941, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1949.



Chairman Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Commission, 1969-1979. Vice chairman Springfield Home Rule Charter Commission, 1953. Chairman Springfield City Charter Commission, 1977.

President Greene County Estate Planning Council, 1952. Trustee Springfield Public Library., 1957-1963, Drury College, 1966-1996, life trustee, since 1996. Trustee State History Society Missouri, since 1974, CoxHealth, since 1959, president, 1966, chairman, 2001-2003.

Chairman Greene County Democrats, 1947-1948. Introduced President Harry S. Truman at 1st Whistle Stop Speech, Springfield, July 5, 1948. Presidential elector, 1948.

Member Missouri Civil War Centennial Commission, 1961-1965. Trustee University Missouri Jefferson, 1976-1982, Missouri University Law School Foundation, Columbia, president, 1985-1987. Co-founder Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks, 1948, Wilson's Creek Battlefield Foundation, 1952, Greene County History Society, 1962, The History Museum Springfield-Greene County, 1974.

Member development fund board Missouri University, Columbia, 1986-1990. Major United States Army, World War II, 1941-1946. Fellow American Bar Foundation (life).

Member American Bar Association (real property, probate/trust reporter Missouri 1974-1996), American Judicature Society, American Academy Hospital Attorneys, American Society Law, Ethics and Medicine, Missouri Bar Association (1st chairman legal aid 1952), Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (president 1973, Distinguished Attorney award 2002), Springfield Chamber of Commerce (president 1950, 51, 54), Supreme Court of Missouri History Society (co-founder, trustee 1984-1990), Sons of the American Revolution, Order of Coif, Masons (32 degree), Shriners (potentate 1963), Jester, Hickory Hills Country Club (Springfield), Phi Delta Phi, Kappa Alpha Order.


Married Ruth Amis Luster, December 18, 1944. 1 son, John Luster.

John Fred Hulston

Myrtle Rosa (King) Hulston

Ruth Amis Luster