From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Since 1920 Walter B. Hilton has founded, or been a leading organizer of, five of the most vigorous and valuable business, financial and industrial institutions of modern West Virginia. Mr. Hilton, who for a quarter of a century was a successful editor and publisher, is now a directing executive of numerous important Wheeling institutions. For his principal interests, he is sales manager of The Real Estate Finance Company and president of the Building & Loan Life Insurance Company. In 1920 he was one of the organizers of the Wheeling Savings & Loan Association, now one of the state's largest building and loan companies, of which he is still a director. In 1922 he helped to organize The Real Estate Finance Company, today among the largest realty concerns in West Virginia, of which he has been sales manager since formation. In 1924 he was one of the organizers, and is still a director, of the Homeseekers Fire Insurance Company. In 1925 he organized and was president of The Spud Cigarette Company, which in 1927 was merged with the Axton-Fisher Company. In 1927 be launched the Building & Loan Life Insurance Company, of which corporation he is president. He is also a director of the Bankers Trust Company of Morgantown, W. Va.
     For many years Mr. Hilton has been recognized as one of Wheeling's genuinely valuable citizens, and few important civic projects in this generation have not profited by his assistance or leadership. He is at present a member of the Wheeling City Zoning Commission and has had much to do with the city government of Wheeling as it operates today, having served as a member of the Commission creating the Greater Wheeling City Charter and having for many years contributed constructive counsel in city affairs. In 1915 and 1919 he was a member of the Wheeling Filtration Commission.
     He is now secretary of the West Virginia League of Building & Loan Associations and is a past president of the West Virginia Real Estate Association. During the World War he served as chairman of the United States Government Social Relations Committee for Wheeling.
     Walter B. Hilton was born in Wheeling, February 21, 1877, son of Edwin Walter and Joanna (White) Hilton, both natives of Baltimore, Md. He was educated in Wheeling's public schools. In the War with Spain he served, as a volunteer, in Company D, Second West Virginia Infantry, U. S. Army. Since his youth, and until 1920, he was a newspaperman, editor and publisher. He married, in 1915, Leah Davis, of Wheeling. They have two daughters, Ardath and Eva Elizabeth.
     Home: 108 Hawthorn Avenue, Echo Point, Wheeling. Office: 25 Eleventh Street, Wheeling.