Wilson was a classmate of Jesse Helms and Skipper Bowles in Monroe, NC.
Before he joined the CBOT, he was administrative assistant to the President of the United States from 1961-67 for both President John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He had previously been the North Carolina chairman for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign (in 1960) and was the North Carolina delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1956. 
Wilson had recruited Joseph Sullivan, a former Wall Street Journal reporter in Washington to the Board of Trade in 1967. Sullivan was a Knoxville native who studied liberal arts at Princeton and journalism at Columbia and had caught the eye of Wilson while Wilson was President Lyndon Johnson's liaison to Capitol Hill. Sullivan would become the first president of the CBOE when it was launched in 1973.
Hall graduated from Duke University in 1942 with a bachelor of arts degree and 1948 with a law degree after serving in the Army during World War II..
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