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Doheny Library dedication
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Edward L. "Ned" Doheny, Jr. was born on November 6, 1893 in Los Angeles. He was the son of oil magnate Edward L. Doheny. Doheny was an executive in his father's company and was expected to take charge when his father stepped down. On February 16, 1929, Doheny and his secretary Theodore Hugh Plunkett were found shot to death in Doheny's mansion in Beverly Hills. 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 caption dated September 2, 1932 reads "In memory of 'Ned' Doheny, the Doheny family of Los Angeles today presented the new $1,000,000 Edward L. Doheny Jr. library to the University of Southern California. This photo, taken at the impressive dedicatory ceremonies, shows, right to left, Edward L. Doheny Sr., Mrs. Doheny, Mrs. Lucy Doheny Batson, Tim Doheny, Edward L. Doheny III, Lucy Doheny, Bill Doheny and Pat Doheny. The dedication was attended by nationally known educators and scholars and thousands of students listened to the program through amplifiers."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1822
Doheny, Edward L.,--Jr.--Family
Doheny, Edward L.--(Edward Laurence),--1856-1935
Doheny, Estelle,--1875-1958
University of Southern California
University of Southern California.--Library
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Industrialists--California--Los Angeles
Businessmen--California--Los Angeles
Philanthropists--California--Los Angeles
Building dedications--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Children--California--Los Angeles
University Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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