J. Hugh Liedtke

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John Hugh Liedtke (February 10, 1922 – March 28, 2003) was an American petroleum executive.

J. Hugh Liedtke
BornFebruary 10, 1922
DiedMarch 28, 2003
Houston, Texas, U.S.
RelativesBill Liedtke (brother)

Early life edit

John Hugh Liedtke was born on February 10, 1922, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1][2] During World War II, he served in the United States Armed Forces.[2] Liedtke graduated from Amherst College in three years with a bachelor's degree, Harvard Business School with an MBA, and University of Texas School of Law.[2][3]

Career edit

Liedtke moved to Midland, Texas, then opened a law practice with his brother, William, in 1949.[2]

With the future President of the United States George H. W. Bush, the two brothers co-founded the Zapata Corporation in 1953.[4] In the 1960s the Liedtke brothers acquired control of the South Penn Oil Company and merged it with Zapata to form a new company they called Pennzoil.[5] In the 1980s, during his time as CEO of Pennzoil, he led the company to a court victory over Texaco.[6]

Death edit

Liedtke died on March 28, 2003, in Houston, Texas.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ Martin, Douglas (April 1, 2003). "J. Hugh Liedtke, 81, Oilman Who Bested Texaco in Court". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  2. ^ a b c d "J. Hugh Liedtke 1995" (PDF). petroleummuseum.org. The Petroleum Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "J. Hugh Liedtke, 81". 4 April 2003.
  4. ^ Bush, George W. (2014). 41: A Portrait of My Father. London: Ebury Publishing. pp. 61–62. ISBN 9780553447781. OCLC 883645289.
  5. ^ "J. Hugh Liedtke". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b Thurber, Jon (5 April 2003). "J. Hugh Liedtke, 81; Pennzoil Chief Won Suit Against Texaco". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 May 2015.

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