Hotel Tycoon, Philanthropist Dies In Springfield

A statue of John Q. Hammons stands near downtown Springfield, the city where he lived most of his life.

A statue of John Q. Hammons stands near downtown Springfield, the city where he lived most of his life. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

John Q. Hammons, the iconic hotel developer who helped shape Springfield with his business acumen and philanthropy, died Sunday at age 94. He formed John Q. Hammons Hotels in 1969 and at one point was the largest private, independent owner and manager of upscale hotels in the United States. Today, the company operates 78 hotels in 24 states that employ more than 8,500 people. In Springfield, Hammons developed shopping centers, residential subdivisions, country clubs, hotel convention centers, office buildings and his namesake $32 million Hammons Field.

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