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Edward L. Doheny funeral
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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. 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. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church was built in 1925, commisioned and funded by Edward L. Doheny. It was designated a Historic Cultural Monument in 1971.
Photograph caption dated September 11, 1935 reads "In magnificent St. Vincent's church that he built and with all the color and solemn ceremony of the Catholic church, final tribute was paid to Edward Lawrence Doheny, the poor Irish boy who worked himself up until he ruled a vast oil empire. This candid camera photo shows priests singing the high requiem mass by the casket before the altar while the mourners stand in their pews." The large altar is ornate, a crucifix in the center. Lighted chandeliers hang from the ceiling and candles are lit on the altar. St. Vincent Catholic Church is located at 621 W. Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1822
Doheny, Edward L.--(Edward Laurence),--1856-1935--Death and burial
St. Vincent Catholic Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Funeral rites and ceremonies--California--Los Angeles
Funeral service--California--Los Angeles
Priests--California--Los Angeles
Altars--California--Los Angeles
Coffins--California--Los Angeles
Crowds--California--Los Angeles
Spectators--California--Los Angeles
Architecture--California--Los Angeles--Spanish influences
Church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Catholic churches--California--Los Angeles
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Audiences--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
University Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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