About James R. Hoffa

James R. Hoffa (born 1913) was a major historical figure in American labor history as a union leader and former President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Hoffa began his career with the Teamsters as a union organizer in Detroit in the early 1930s, where he became president of Local 299.

He was first elected Vice President in 1952 and later served as the union’s General President from 1958 to 1971. He secured the first national agreement for over-the-road truck drivers’ wage rates in 1964, and played a major role in the growth and development of the union, which eventually became the largest single union in the United States.