Jesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and PosterJesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and Poster

Jesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and Poster

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and Poster
Creator: Stoner, Jesse Benjamin (J.B.), 1924-2005
Dates: 1970, 1974
Extent: 1.0 folder
Collection Number: RBRL/122/JBS
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: J.B. Stoner, a Georgia native, was known for his strong opinions about segregation, race and politics. He was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and National States’ Rights Party and founded the Stoner’s Christian Anti-Jewish Party. In 1977, Stoner was indicted, and was later convicted and imprisoned, for the 1958 bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama. He ran for numerous public offices including governor of Georgia in 1970. This collection contains Stoner’s gubernatorial campaign poster and a flier for a 1974 meeting of the National States’ Rights Party.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Jesse Benjamin "J.B." Stoner was born April 13, 1924 in Walker County, Georgia, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the age of eighteen he re-chartered a dormant chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Chattanooga. He went on to found the Stoner's Christian Anti-Jewish Party and produced several anti-Semitic publications. Also, he served as national chairman in the white-supremacist group National States' Rights Party. In 1952, after moving to Atlanta, he earned a law degree from Atlanta Law School.

Stoner ran for governor of Georgia in 1970. Future U.S. President Jimmy Carter won the primary. In 1972, Stoner ran for the United States Senate. During his campaign the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) ruled that television stations had to play his advertisements, despite their offensive language, due to the fairness doctrine. In 1974, he ran for lieutenant governor of Georgia and received 73,000 votes.

In 1977, Stoner was indicted for the 1958 bombing of an empty church in Birmingham, Alabama, and was convicted in 1980. Stoner appealed the ruling for three years, until his appeals ran out, and he became a fugitive for several months. In 1984, he was permanently removed from the roster of lawyers who may appear before the United States Supreme Court. After his release from prison in 1986, Stoner attempted a final effort to assume public office as lieutenant governor in 1990.

Until his death at eighty-one, Stoner lived in northwest Georgia. He died in 2005 in Lafayette, Georgia from complications due to pneumonia.

Scope and Content

One campaign poster (18 x 23"), with the words "Elect Stoner Governor," used during the 1970 Georgia governor's race and a flier announcing a 1974 meeting of the National States Rights Party.

Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

Jesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and Poster, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2008.

Related Materials

Access Points

Georgia--Politics and government--1951-
Georgia--Race relations.
National States Rights Party (U.S.)
Stoner, Jesse Benjamin (J.B.), 1924-2005

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11J. B. Stoner flier and Poster