Howard Hughes, Sr.
September 9, 1869, Lancaster, Missouri
Died: January 14, 1924, (age 55) Houston, Texas
Howard Robard Hughes, Sr. was an American entrepreneur, best
known as the father of Howard Robard Hughes, Jr., the famous aviation
pioneer and film producer. Hughes, Sr. created the fortune that Hughes,
Jr. inherited when he turned eighteen.
What do you know about Howard Hughes, Sr.? Try this quick quiz.
1. What was the name of his grand opera and concert singer?
2. What did his younger brother Rupert Hughes become?
3. Felix Hughes (born Lancaster, Missouri, 1 October 1874), named
after the father, was his youngest brother, an opera singer. True or
4. In 1983, what college did Hughes, Sr. attend?
5. Hughes engaged in various mining business endeavors before
capitalizing on the oil discovery in Texas, as a result of which he
began devoting his full time to the oil business. What was the name of
the oil discovery?
6. On November 20, 1908 he filed the basic patents for the
Sharp-Hughes Rock Bit, and was granted two patents for this rock drill.
Hughes had patented a two-cone rotary drill bit that penetrated medium
and hard rock with ten times the speed of any former bit, and its
discovery revolutionized oil well drilling. When was the patents
7. Based in Houston, Texas in 1909, along with Walter Benona Sharp,
what was the company they co-founded?
8. What was cause of death?
9. Where is Howard Hughes, Sr. buried?