18 Facts About Conrad Nicholson Hilton


From 1912 to 1916 Conrad Nicholson Hilton was a Republican representative in the first New Mexico Legislature, but became disillusioned with the "inside deals" of politics.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton purchased his first hotel in 1919 for $40,000, the Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas, which capitalized on the oil boom.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton continued to buy and sell hotels and eventually established the world's first international hotel chain.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton attended the Goss Military Academy and St Michael's College, and the New Mexico School of Mines.

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From 1912 to 1916 Conrad Nicholson Hilton was a Republican representative in the first New Mexico Legislature, when the state was newly formed.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton became frustrated with the "bureaucracy, slowness, cheating, lying, and inside deals of politics", and in 1916 he refused to run for a fourth term, instead endorsing his longtime political ally, Quianu Robinson.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton served two years in the United States Army during World War I After completing Officer Training School, he became a second lieutenant and served in Paris in the Quartermaster Corps.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton bought his first hotel instead, the 40-room Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas, in 1919, when a bank purchase fell through.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton went on to buy and build hotels throughout Texas, including the highrise Dallas Hilton, opened in 1925; the Abilene Hilton in 1927; Waco Hilton in 1928; and El Paso Hilton in 1930.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton formed the Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1946, and Hilton International Company in 1948.

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In 1954, Conrad Nicholson Hilton Hotels bought The Hotels Statler Company, Inc, for $111 million, then the world's largest real estate transaction.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton later purchased the Carte Blanche Credit Company and an interest in the American Crystal Sugar Company, as well as other enterprises.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton received honorary degrees from the University of Detroit, DePaul University, Barat College, Adelphi College, Sophia University, Tokyo, and the University of Albuquerque.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton's autobiography, Be My Guest, was published in 1958 by Prentice Hall.

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In 1966, Conrad Nicholson Hilton was succeeded as president by his son Barron and was elected chairman of the board.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton bought Casa Encantada on 10644 Bellagio Road in Bel Air, Los Angeles, in 1950 and occupied the house until his death in 1979.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton was interred at Calvary Hill Cemetery, a Catholic cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton left US$500,000 to his two surviving sons, US$100,000 to his daughter Francesca, and US$10,000 to each of his nieces and nephews.

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