Eugene C. Eppley Hotel Manager

Eugene C. Eppley, (April 8, 1884-October 14, 1958), also known as Gene, was a hotel magnate in Omaha, Nebraska. Eppley is credited with single-handedly building one of the most successful hotel empires, by the 1950s the largest privately owned hotel chain in the United States. Eppley was born in Akron, Ohio and was graduated from the Culver Academies in Indiana in 1901. At the age of 19, he bought his first property, the McKinley Hotel in Canton, Ohio. At age 33, in 1917, he formed the Eppley Hotel Company. At its peak in the 1950s, the Eppley Hotel Company owned 22 hotels in six states. Eppley sold the company to Sheraton Hotels in 1956 for $30 million ($235 million in 2008 dollars). Among many activities, he was a director of Sheraton Hotels, Mid-Continent Airlines and the Mount Rushmore Foundation. After purchasing the Hotel Fontenelle in Downtown Omaha in 1920, Eppley lived at his flagship until his death in 1958. Through those years, he contributed much to the civic life of the city and its educational institutions. Eppley was a renowned philanthropist, who gave primarily to educational, civic and medical research causes in the Midwestern United States and especially in Omaha.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 8th, 1884
United States of America
Date of death
October 14th, 1958 at age of 74
Place of death
Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
Places lived
Akron , Ohio
pop. 198,100 (2013)
Omaha , Nebraska
pop. 434,353 (2013)


1. Culver Academies Boarding school

The Culver Academies are elite college preparatory boarding schools and summer camps in the United States. The Culver Academies are composed of three entities: Culver Military Academy (CMA) for boys, Culver Girls Academy (CGA), and the Culver Summer Schools and Camps (CSSC). They are collectively known as the Culver Academies and are located in Culver, Indiana, USA. Henry Harrison Culver first founded Culver Military Academy in 1894 "for the purpose of thoroughly preparing young men for the best colleges, scientific schools and businesses of America." Coeducational since 1971, Culver Girls Academy was founded for the purpose of encouraging young women to attain the highest degree of self-development. Culver Summer Schools and Camps consists of the Culver Summer Naval School (CSNS) for boys, Culver Summer School for Girls (CSSG), the Cavalry Troop program, the Aviation School, and the Woodcraft Camp. In addition, the school holds a 2-week Specialty Camp towards the end of summer, where campers choose a "major" to focus on, whether it be aviation, horsemanship, or a traditional sport.

Type Private school
1300 Academy Road, 46511 - Culver, Indiana
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Organizations founded

1. Eppley Hotel Company


Date funded



Omaha, Nebraska

Wikiedia article

The Eppley Hotel Company was located in Omaha, Nebraska. At the time of its acquisition by the Sheraton Corporation in 1956, it was the largest privately held hotel business in the United States.


1.Eppley Airfield

Eppley Airfield is a medium hub airport three miles northeast of Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County, Nebraska. It is the largest airport in Nebraska and is named for Eugene C. Eppley, the Eppley Hotel magnate of Omaha, from whose estate $1.0 million was used to convert the Omaha Municipal Airport into a jetport in 1959/1960. The airport occupies 2,650 acres and handles about 75-80 airline flights per day to 16 non-stop destinations.
Located in Geolocation Official website
Omaha, United States of America


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