Enrique Creel 1854-1931
Don Enrique Creel was described as "a distinguished
ambassador at Washington and one of Mexico's richest and
most capable men."
The Creelman Interview.
Enrique Creel was Governor of Chihuahua from 1904 - 1906 and again
from 1907 - 1911, which made him a politician during the
Porfiriato, which is the era of
Porfirio Diaz' regime. In fact,
Creel was one of the
What else was Don Enrique C. Creel up
Creel was also head of Diaz' secret
service along the northern border, and Mexican ambassador to the
Mexico's hundred years of independence
Porfirio Díaz, Guillermo de Landa y Escandón, Enrique Creel
Historians describe him as Mexico's
leading banker, an innovative industrialist, venture capitalist, and
representative of the nation's largest land and cattle owner.
Creel and his family built the greatest
business empire in Mexico before 1910. He survived the
Mexican Revolution, and rebuilt the entire thing in the
Of course, some say that the oppressive
ways of people like the immensely loaded Terrazas-Creel family just
asked for a revolution.
At one point during the Revolution the
smart man Creel packed his bag and holed up somewhere in exile, came
back after the storm was over, recovered his wealth and became one
The Family of Enrique
Enrique's father was
Ruben W. Creel, an American Consul in Chihuahua.
Money and power doesn't just drop out of
thin air, most likely you have to either kill or marry for it. Which is exactly
what father Ruben did when he married Paz Cuilty.
Enrique thought that worked well and married the daughter of Chihuahua's most
influential head, politically and else - Don Luis Terrazas.
The girl's name was Angela Terrazas.
Paz Cuilty's sister was
Cuilty. And Don Luis Terrazas was married to her. And that's how
you build an empire.
Enrique was now a member of Mexico's
greatest landowning and cattle-exporting family. It is said that
they owned over 8.7 million acres of land, textile mills, railroads,
banks, granaries, telephone companies, mines, and of course
haciendas and ranches like you cannot believe.
The family became a clan, a dynasty.
Enrique's children were
Juan, and Adela. Later, Adela married
Cortazar, who was another Chihuahua governor.
The city of Creel is named
after Enrique. Check the marker on the Google map below.
CREEL, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO
Enrique Creel Short
August 30, 1854
Birth in Chihuahua, Mexico
January 30, 1887
Founder and president of the first ever Chamber of Commerce in
Vice-president of the Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad and the Kansas City
Governor of the State of Chihuahua
October 4, 1907
Again Governor of Chihuahua
April 25, 1910 - March 26, 1911
Diaz' Secretary of Foreign Relations
Check his entry in the Timeline of the Mexican Revolution.
Completed the railway line from Kansas City to La Junta, Chihuahua
August 17/18, 1931
Death in Mexico City