H. L. Hunt

H. L. Hunt

Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr. (February 17, 1889November 29, 1974), known throughout his life as "H.L. Hunt", was an American oil tycoon.

Hunt was born near Ramsey, in Carson Township, Fayette County, Illinois, the youngest of eight children. He was named after his father, Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, who was a prosperous farmer-entrepreneur; his mother was Ella Rose (Myers) Hunt.

He was educated at home, and as a teenager traveled to various places before settling in Arkansas, where he was running a cotton plantation by 1912. He had a reputation as a gambler. He ended up making his fortune in the oil business. In 1957 "Fortune Magazine" estimated that he had a fortune of between US$400 million and US$700 million, and was one of the eight richest people in the United States.

Hunt married twice, and had fourteen children. His first wife was Lyda Bunker (died 1955), whom he married in Arkansas on November 26, 1914. They had six children, the best-known of whom are Bunker, Lamar and Herbert. Starting in 1925, he had an affair with Frania Tye (whom he may or may not have married), and they had four children, including Hugh Hunt, before splitting up in 1942. Hunt then had four more children with his mistress, a Hunt Oil Company secretary named Ruth Ray, whom he married in 1957.

H. L. Hunt was buried in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.


Hunt had fourteen children:

# William Herbert Hunt (born "c." 1929) A major and defining force in the oil industry, he was also a legendary businessman and oilman. At times, ran HuntOil, Hunt Petroleum, Hunt Energy, Placid Oil etc... The founder of Petro-Hunt LLC.
# Nelson Bunker Hunt (born 1926): A major force in developing Libyan oil fields. Eventually attempted to corner the world market in silver in 1979, and was convicted of conspiring to manipulate the market. Legendary owner-breeder [ [http://www.ntra.com/stats_bios.aspx?id=2142 Nelson Bunker Hunt biography] , National Thoroughbred Racing Association.] of Thoroughbred racehorses.
# Helen Lee Cartledge Hunt (deceased)
# Haroldina Franch Hunt (deceased)
# Howard Lee Hunt (deceased)
# Hugh S. Hunt (October 14, 1934November 12, 2002): lived in Potomac, Maryland, founder of Constructivist Foundation.
# H. L. "Hassie" Hunt III (born "c." 1918–2005): diagnosed with schizophrenia in the early 1940s; co-owner of Hunt Petroleum.
# Margaret Hunt Hill (born "c." 1916–2007): philanthropist and co-owner of Hunt Petroleum.
# Caroline Rose Hunt (born January 8, 1923): Founder and Honorary Chairman of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts which operates The Mansion on Turtle Creek.
# Lamar Hunt (1932–2006): co-founder of the American Football League and the North American Soccer League; owner of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League; owner of the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer; impetus behind 1966 AFL-NFL merger, coined the name "Super Bowl".
# Ray Lee Hunt (born "c." 1943): chairman of Hunt Oil.
# June Hunt (born "c." 1944): host of a daily religious radio show, "Hope for the Heart".
# Helen LaKelly Hunt (born "c." 1949): a pastoral counselor in Dallas; co-manager of the Hunt Alternatives Fund, one of the family's charitable arms.
# Swanee Hunt (born May 1, 1950): former U.S. ambassador to Austria; now head of the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and president of Hunt Alternatives Fund.

H.L. Hunt was one of the richest Americans at his time.

ee also

*List of most wealthy historical figures


External links

* [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/HH/fhu59.html Biography of H. L. Hunt] by Jerrell Dean Palmer in the Handbook of Texas Online
* [http://www.dmagazine.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=MultiPublishing&mod=PublishingTitles&mid=7155F7796F354F21B1183937D847D6DF&tier=4&id=5FB39A5D65AB45DFAFCEE07FCE84C202&AudID=29CB3DCAC7E94A08B642EC371FE6E70B A Matter of Trust] by Gretel C. Kovach for "D Magazine"

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