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Hotel executive

Bennett Edwin Tousley, American hotel executive. Decorated Officier d'Academie, Palmes Academique (France), 1932.

Background

Tousley, Bennett Edwin was born on May 24, 1892 in New Haven. Son of Bennett Edwin and Anna J. (Fitch) Tousley.

Education

Student, Boardman Science School. Student, Phillips Exeter Academy. Student, New York University.

Student, Georgetown University.

Career

Reporter, New York Sun, 1913-1916;publicity, promotion director, Episcopal Church Pension Fund, 1916;assistant to president, Manufacturers Trust Company of New York, 1919-1920;accountant executive, W.S. Hill Company. New York City and Pittsburgh, 1921-1922;associate manager, Warwick Hotel, New York City, Philadelphia, 1926-1927;vice president, managing director, Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, 1928-1935;vice president, general manager, Jermyn Hotel, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1927-1928;general manager, Traymore Hotel, Atlantic City, 1935-1941;general manager, Chelsea Hotel, Atlantic City, 1942-1945;managing director, Ambassador Hotel, Atlantic City, 1941-1946;vice president, general manager, Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, 1946-1955;general manager, Penn Sherwood Hotel, Philadelphia, 1956-1958;general manager, Adelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, from 1958.

Membership

Executive secretary, director French Aviation Mission to the United States, 1918. Director Miss America Pageant, Atlantic City, 1935-1946, director-general, 1940-1941. Director bureau coordination American Red Cross, Washington, 1918, chairman fund doctor Atlantic County, 1943-1944, chairman Philadelphia chapter, 1953-1954.

1st president Atlantic County chapter American Cancer Society, 1945-1946. Delegate Republican National Convention, 1940. Member N.W. History and Genealogical Society.

Society Descendants Colonial Clergy, Aerial League American (organizer), Silurian Society, New York, Pennsylvania, W. Philadelphia (director 1957-1958), Greater Philadelphia (director 1950-1954) C. of C.s, Society Colonial Wars, S.R., Sons of the American Revolution, Academy Political Science, Pennsylvania Hotels Association (president 1956, international county 1935, director 1958), United States Army Association, New Jersey (past president), Philadelphia (five times president) hotel associations, Philadelphia Safety Council, English Speaking Union, Society Friendly Sons St. Patrick (president national county from 1955, president Philadelphia chapter 1954-1955), American Society Travel Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, N.E. Society Philadelphia, Welsh Society Philadelphia (president 1959), Public Relations Association Philadelphia, Phillips Exeter Alumni Association Philadelphia (president 1958), Moose, Poor Richard Club, Skal Club, Variety Club, Rotary (Philadelphia), Lions (district governor 1943-1944, president Atlantic City 1941-1942).

Connections

Married Katherine M. Tunney, June 10, 1916 (deceased). 1 son, Bennett Edwin III. Married second, Pauling Maujean Downey, October 12, 1968.

father:
Bennett Edwin Tousley

mother:
Anna J. (Fitch) Tousley

spouses:
Katherine M. Tunney

second