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Conrad N. Hilton
Conrad N. Hilton standing with luggage
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Conrad N. Hilton - Conrad N. Hilton standing with luggage. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 31, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll6/item/341/show/337.

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Title Conrad N. Hilton
Description Conrad Hilton was born in San Antonio, New Mexico and attended Goss Military Institute, New Mexico Military Institute, and St. Michael's College. His first experience in hotels came in 1907, when his father converted part of the family general store into a hotel. He enlisted in 1917 and served as a lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. In 1919 Hilton purchased his first hotel, the Mobley, at Cisco, Texas. It was the beginning of a hotel empire built in three stages: first, by leasing and renovating old hotels; next, by building new hotels on leased land, primarily in Texas; and, third, by buying existing hotels at low prices. Hilton opened a new Texas hotel every year between 1925 and 1930 and by the onset of the Great Depression owned a total of eight. Economic hardship lessened nationwide travel and forced him to close his El Paso hotel in 1933. He recovered, with the help of Shearn and William L. Moody, Jr., of Galveston and a number of other investors, and subsequently merged his hotels with the Moodys’ operations to form the National Hotel Company, of which he was one-third owner and general manager. The merger failed, however, and in 1934 Hilton resumed his independent operation with five hotels. He served as chairman of the Hilton Hotels Corporation and of Hilton International Company, which became a subsidiary of Trans-World Airlines after 1967. In 1954 he assumed the mortgage and operation of the Shamrock Hotel in Houston and acquired the Statler hotel system. In all, Hilton eventually owned 188 hotels in thirty-eight United States cities, including the Mayflower in Washington, the Palmer House in Chicago, and the Plaza and Waldorf-Astoria in New York, and fifty-four hotels abroad. After 1965 he was chairman of the Hilton-Burns Hotels Company, Incorporated. He received honorary degrees from numerous universities. In 1969 he made a $1.5 million gift to the University of Houston. This was to go toward the construction of the Center for Continuing Education and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management to be housed there. The Board of Regents decided to name the school in honor him because of his generous gift. He died on January 3, 1979, at Santa Monica and was buried at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. Hilton gave the bulk of his estate to charity through his Los Angeles-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, established for the purpose of promoting world peace, helping children, and supporting Catholic nuns in their work with the poor.
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  • donors
  • founders (originators)
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Hilton, Conrad N.
  • Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • University of Houston
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • black-and-white photographs
Language English
Physical Description 4 photographs
Original Collection UH Photographs Collection, 1948-2000 http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=58
Digital Collection reformatted digital
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Title Conrad N. Hilton standing with luggage
Description Conrad N. Hilton standing outside holding suitcases in his hand, with varying pieces of luggage at his feet.
Original Item Location ID 1969-037, Box 6, Folder 105
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