February 28, 1927
J. B. Hunt was born to sharecroppers in rural Cleburne County. He left school after the seventh grade to go to work at his uncle’s sawmill and later worked picking cotton and selling lumber. With industriousness and innovation, he rose to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the state’s history. He founded one of America’s largest trucking firms, which became one of the largest employers in the state and is consistently listed among Forbes magazine’s list of America’s largest corporations.