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    Take A Look Inside Welcome Wilson Sr.'s Office
    The Welcome Group Chairman Welcome Wilson Sr.

    Welcome Wilson Sr., the chairman of The Welcome Group, owns 4M SF of industrial facilities in 87 locations throughout Texas. Wilson is known as a real estate powerhouse, but also as a notable figure in Texas politics and for his contributions to the University of Houston. Bisnow peeked through the historical moments captured by photos and other objects found inside his office.  

    Related: Read our profile on Wilson's career.

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    E.E. Jack Wilson

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    Welcome Wilson Sr.'s father

    E.E. "Jack" Wilson dropped his two sons Welcome and Jack off at the University of Houston in 1946. He paid the tuition for a semester and rent for a month and then gave each of them $50. He told them if they needed anything to call him and he would explain how they could live without it. Wilson said that was the last time he was financially dependent on his father.   

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    The famous moon speech at Rice Stadium

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    Welcome Wilson Sr. with President John F. Kennedy at Rice Stadium when JFK formally announced the U.S.' intention to fly to the moon. Wilson is just above JFK's head, with the full head of dark hair.

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced the manned spacecraft center, later named the Johnson Space Center, at Rice University Stadium in Houston. Welcome Wilson Sr. sat behind the president and was assigned by Houston Mayor Lewis Cutrer to host the event.

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    President Donald Trump 

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    Welcome Wilson Sr. with President Donald Trump and grandson Welcome Wilson III

    Wilson pictured with President Donald Trump and his grandson Welcome Wilson III at a party in River Oaks in 2016.  

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    Algerian weapon 

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    A sword (left) from the King of Berbers in Algeria.

    On the left is a sword from the king of Berbers in Algeria. Wilson received it from Treasury Secretary John Connolly during a state visit. On the right is a Spanish sword Wilson purchased in Mexico about 50 years ago.

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    Serving as ambassador to Nicaragua

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    Order appointing Welcome Wilson Sr. as ambassador to Nicaragua by President Lyndon B. Johnson along with a photo of Wilson and Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle.

    Lyndon B. Johnson named Wilson Sr. ambassador to Nicaragua in 1967. The photo shows Wilson Sr. with Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle.

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    Afghan weapon

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    Antique Afghan rifle in the office of Welcome Wilson Sr.

    This antique Afghan rifle was given to Wilson by an ex-CIA agent who worked undercover in Afghanistan, who got it from a warlord. 

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    Speaker of the U.S. House Sam Rayburn

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    Welcome Wilson Sr. with Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn

    Sam Rayburn, the U.S. House Speaker, visiting Wilson's office in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Wilson spent most of his time in Houston but had an office in Dallas for political meetings.

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    Lyndon B. Johnson

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    Welcome Wilson Sr. with LBJ

    Lyndon B. Johnson met with Wilson in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. LBJ was running against John F. Kennedy at the time for the Democratic nomination for president in 1960.

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    The Wilson Family Home 

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    The Wilson family home in River Oaks, Houston.

    The Wilsons' home in River Oaks, where he and his wife, Joanne, raised their five children.  

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    Gus Levy

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    Real estate developer Gustave "Gus" Levy

    Wilson acquired his first industrial properties from Gustave "Gus" Levy when he purchased Levy's development company, GSL Construction Ltd., in 1998.