James O. Hall (1912-2007) was a respected scholar who focused his research on the Lincoln assassination and the American Civil War.
James O. Hall was born in Afton, Oklahoma. After graduating from Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, he worked as a history teacher. In 1941, Hall was employed by the U.S. Labor Department. He soon joined the army in 1942 and saw duty as a military policeman in Europe during World War II. Hall moved to Virginia in the 1960s, and he worked once again in the Labor Department. After retiring from the government in 1972, Hall spent much of his time researching and writing about the Abraham Lincoln assassination.
For three decades, Hall instructed interpreters at the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland. Moreover, he assisted Surratt House in its scholarly efforts. In 1988, Hall, William A. Tidwell, and David Winfred Gaddy co-authored the book entitled, "Come Retribution: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln." That book won the National Intelligence Study Center's award the year it was published. In his honor, the Surratt House Museum named its research center the James O. Hall Research Center.
Hall's wife Lois Arric Hall died in 1995. The couple had no children. James O. Hall died on February 26, 2007 at the age of 94.
[Source: "Washington Post" obituary, March 5, 2007.]