Murchison, Clinton

Murchison, Clinton (Williams) “Clint”

(1895–1969) entrepreneur, oil executive; born in Athens, Texas. He made a fortune in his twenties drilling Texas oil wells; he founded the natural gas industry with Southern Union Gas Company (1929–50); and he built and ran a succession of large oil companies. He also organized a large conglomerate. His later railroad ventures included a celebrated takeover of the New York Central Railroad (1954).