Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes and has several tears and creases. Edward L. Doheny was born on August 10, 1856 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. After high school, he worked in mines and moved to Los Angeles in 1891. Living in near poverty, Doheny leased land and discovered oil north of Downtown Los Angeles. Doheny and his partner Charles A. Canfield soon made a fortune by drilling in the area and selling the oil to nearby factories and later by persuading railroads to switch from coal to oil as power for their trains. Doheny also became a pioneer in the Mexican oil industry. In the 1920s, Doheny was indicted in the Teapot Dome Scandal and was charged with offering a $100,000 bribe to United States Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall. He was twice acquitted of offering the bribe, but Fall was finally convicted of accepting it. Doheny was a noted philanthropist in Los Angeles, especially regarding Catholic schools and charities. He died on September 8, 1935. Photograph used for an article dated September 8, 1935; the caption reads "Mr. Doheny is shown in early days when he was beginning to build his vast oil empire extending from California to Mexico and South America."
1 photographic print :b&w ;28 x 18 cm. Photographic prints
Doheny, Edward L.--(Edward Laurence),--1856-1935 Industrialists--United States Businessmen--United States Philanthropists--United States Men--California--Los Angeles Portrait photographs Herald-Examiner Collection photographs