George Hilton (historian)

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George W. Hilton
Born (1925-01-18)January 18, 1925
Chicago, Illinois
Died August 4, 2014(2014-08-04) (aged 89)
Columbia, Maryland
Nationality American
Institution UCLA
Field Historian and economist
Alma mater University of Chicago

George Woodman Hilton (January 18, 1925 – August 4, 2014) was a United States historian and economist, who specialized in social history, transportation economics, regulation by commission, the history of economic thought and labor history.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Chicago,[2] Hilton attended Dartmouth College and earned his A.B. in Economics summa cum laude in 1946. He obtained his M.A. in 1950. Hilton attended the London School of Economics in 1953-1955, and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956.


He then taught for many years at the University of California, Los Angeles, and was later a Professor Emeritus of Economics at UCLA.[3] He died of heart disease in 2014, aged 89.[4]


  • Hilton, G. W. (April 1958). "The truck act of 1831". The Economic History Review 10 (3): 470–479. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1958.tb00020.x. 
  • Hilton, G. W. (1959), "The theory of tax incidence applied to the gains of labor unions", in Abramovitz, Moses; et al, The allocation of economic resources: essays in honor of Bernard Francis Haley, Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, OCLC 490147128.  ISBN 9780804705684.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1960) The truck system including a history of the British truck acts 1465-1960
  • Hilton, G. W. (1962) The Great Lakes car ferries (Howell-North, Berkeley, California)
  • Hilton, G. W.; Due, John F. (1964) The electric interurban railways in America

Hilton, G. W. (1967) "Rail transit and the pattern of cities: the California case"], Traffic Quarterly, vol. 3, (1967).


  1. ^ Lester, David C. (7 August 2014). "Transportation historian George W. Hilton dies". Trains (Kalmbach Publishing). 
  2. ^ Simmons-Boardman (1971). Who's who in railroading and rail transit. New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation. p. 188. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  3. ^ faculty page at UCLA Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Rasmussen, Frederick N.; Baltimore, Sun (13 August 2014). "George W. Hilton, professor and author of history of ‘Ma & Pa’ railroad, dies at 89". The Washington Post (Nash Holdings LLC). Retrieved 3 November 2014.