Conrad Nicholson Hilton ( 1887 – 1979 ), was an American business owner, hotel magnate. Born December 25, in San Antonio, New Mexico. The son of a local grocer, Hilton took over his father's general store at the age of 21. He then entered politics, serving two terms in the New Mexico State Legislature. He bought his first hotel in 1919 in Cisco, Texas and before his death had expanded his business to thousands of hotels, under several brand names, throughout the world. As well as his outstanding business success, Hilton was notable for his strong position on gun control. As he explained in his autobiography, Be My Guest, he believed that free gun ownership raised the stakes in pretty much any argument, was more dangerous to gun owners than to the unarmed, and was generally a plague on American public life.