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Edward L. Doheny

Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny

Profession: Oil Tycoon

United States of America

Biography: 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.

Born: August 10, 1856
Birthplace: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States
Star Sign: Leo

Died: September 8, 1935 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Married Life

  • 1900-08-22 Oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny (44) weds Carrie Estelle Betzold in New Mexico Territory

Historical Events

  • 1916-02-10 Biggest oil well gusher ever - Edward L. Doheny's Cerro Azul No. 4 first gushes 600 feet in the air near Tampico, Mexico
  • 1929-02-16 In mysterious murder suicide Ned Doheny Jr., son of oil magnate Edward L. Doheny, dies along with secretary Hugh Plunkett at Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

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