Businessman who founded an American chain of restaurants and motels under the name Howard Johnson's.
He began to work at his father's cigar store as a young boy. He later inherited the unsuccessful shop after his father's death.
He ate at least one ice cream cone a day and always kept his refrigerator stocked with 10 or more flavors.
He was married four times and handed off the business to his son Howard Brennan Johnson.
He and Conrad Hilton were both well-known hoteliers.