Hugh Roy Cullen
|Hugh Roy Cullen|
H.R. Cullen, ca. 1947
July 3, 1881|
Denton County, Texas, United States
|Died||July 4, 1957
Houston, Texas, United States
|Spouse(s)||Lillie Cranz Cullen|
|Children||Four daughters, One son|
|Parents||Cicero Cullen, Louise Beck Cullen|
|Relatives||Ezekiel Wimberly Cullen|
|The Cullen Foundation|
Hugh Roy Cullen (July 3, 1881 – July 4, 1957) was an American industrialist and philanthropist. Cullen was heavily involved in the petroleum industry, was a large supporter of the University of Houston, and longtime chairman of the board of regents for the university. He is considered one of the most important figures in Texas during the Oil Boom era.
Cullen married Lillie Cranz in 1902 and had five children: Roy Gustav, Lillie, Agnes, Margaret, and Wilhelmina.
In 1938, the Cullens made a contribution to build the Roy Gustav Cullen Building on the new campus of the University of Houston. He would continue to make large donations to the university throughout his lifetime. The Cullen Foundation is still a large contributor to the school.
Cullen had been in his early life a Democrat, but supported Herbert Hoover and other Republicans after 1929, due to the belief that the Democratic Party was, at the national level, the party of machine politics and socialism. Additionally, he was critical of fellow Houston leader Jesse H. Jones. He was also at one point a supporter of the Dixiecrat movement:
In 1947, the Cullens created the Cullen Foundation. In late 1954, less than three years before his death, Cullen's fortune was estimated to be $200–300 million.
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- The Cullen Foundation
- 1947 Time article regarding Cullen
- 1951 Time article regarding Cullen
- 1953 Time article regarding Cullen