HISTORY OF THE HENRY HALL WILSON HOUSE
The Henry Hall Wilson House, which is on the national historic registry was built in 1926-1927 by a Charlotte architect
Louis D. Sutherland for John C. Sikes an attorney in Monroe, NC.
The Sikes mansion was the
setting for many gala social occasions in the late twenties and early thirties. Extensive use was made of the third floor
ballroom and the outdoor gardens for entertaining.
During WWII Mrs. Sikes rented rooms
to army officers from nearby Camp Sutton which is now the site of Carolinas Medical Center Union.
The House was sold in 1973 to the great
- nephew of John Sikes, Mr. Henry Hall Wilson.
Henry Hall Wilson was born in Monroe and
attended Duke University where he recieved his A.B. degree in 1942. His university studies where interrupted
by war time service in the U.S. Army, which he left as a First Lieutenant in 1946. Following the war he returned to Duke
where he received his L.L.B. in 1948. Then he returned to Monroe and set up his law practice, which he maintained
until 1961. During this time he was very active in Democratic Politics. He served three terms in the NC Legislature
from 1953 to 1959. In 1956 he became acquainted with John F. Kennedy. Four years later, after being influential in John F.
Kennedy's Presidential Campaign, the newly elected president asked Wilson to join his staff as the liaison between the
White House and The House Of Representatives in 1961. After Kennedy's death Wilson continued in the same White House
staff capacity for President Johnson until 1967.