Profession: Oil Tycoon
Why Famous: Drilled the first successful oil well in the Los Angeles City Oil Field, setting off the petroleum boom in Southern California. He expanded operations during the Mexican Revolution and opened large new oil fields in Mexico's "golden belt" inland from Tampico. In the 1920s, he was implicated in the Teapot Dome Scandal and was accused of offering a $100,000 bribe to United States Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall, although he was eventually acquitted.
- 1900-08-22 Oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny (44) weds Carrie Estelle Betzold in New Mexico Territory