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Category: Biography: Business & Industry|
The author of the book: Howard E. Covington
Edition: The University of North Carolina Press
Date of issue: 15 May 2011
Format files: Epub, PDF
The size of the: 37.15 MB
City - Country: Chapel Hill, United States
Full description of the book Favored by Fortune : George W. Watts and the Hills of Durham:In this collective biography spanning four generations, Howard Covington explores how one prestigious family shaped the development of Piedmont North Carolina, particularly the city of Durham. Covington examines the lives and legacies of George Washington Watts; his son-in-law, John Sprunt Hill; and Hill's son, George Watts Hill, and grandson, George Watts Hill Jr., analyzing the personalities, beliefs, relationships, and life forces that propelled these four men to become leading figures of their generations. Perhaps best known for such family businesses as Central Carolina Bank, the Carolina Inn, and Watts Hospital, and for their partnership in the American Tobacco PDF Company, Watts and the Hills were also advocates for education, fair banking, credit unions, and health insurance. Active in both local and statewide politics, they worked for major infrastructure changes, including a better highway system and the development of Research Triangle Park, and all left lasting legacies.
About the author Howard E. CovingtonHoward E. Covington Jr., of Greensboro, North Carolina, is a prize-winning journalist, author or coauthor of more than a dozen histories and biographies, and coeditor of The North Carolina Century: Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000.
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