Edward L. Doheny (Entrepreneur) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Edward L. Doheny

Edward Laurence Doheny was an American oil tycoon who, in 1892, drilled the first successful oil well in the Los Angeles City Oil Field. His success set off a petroleum boom in Southern California, and made him a fortune when, in 1902, he sold his properties. He then began highly profitable oil operations in Tampico, Mexico’s “golden belt”, drilling the first well in the nation in 1901. He expanded operations during the Mexican Revolution, and opened large new oil fields in Lake Maracaibo. His holdings developed as the Pan American Petroleum & Transport Company, one of the largest oil companies in the world in the 1920s. In the 1920s, Doheny was implicated in the Teapot Dome Scandal and accused of offering a $100,000 bribe to United States Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall. Doheny was twice acquitted of offering the bribe, but Fall was convicted of accepting it.

Born: Edward Laurence Doheny, August 10, 1856, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States
Died: September 8, 1935, Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation: Miner, Prospector, Driller, Businessman, Philanthropist
Spouse(s): Carrie Louella Wilkins, Carrie Estelle Betzold
Children: Eileen Doheny, Edward L. (Ned) Doheny, Jr.

About Edward L. Doheny

Oil tycoon who developed the Los Angeles City Oil Field, beginning the Southern California oil boom of the early 1900s.

Before Fame

He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, looking at lands in Kansas, and then did his own prospecting with little success in South Dakota and the Western territories.


He acquired a sizable fortune during the oil boom in Los Angeles, and he became a notable philanthropist, giving up his 22-room mansion to Mount St. Mary’s College.

Family Life

He was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, his father Patrick Doheny, an immigrant from Ireland during the Great Famine.


He was one of the inspirations for Upton Sinclair‘s novel Oil!, which in turn inspired the film There Will Be Blood from 2007.

Information related to Edward L. Doheny

  • Teapot Dome scandal
  • Founders of the petroleum industry
  • Porfiriato
  • Petroleum in California
  • American expatriates in Mexico
  • American businesspeople in the oil industry
  • Businesspeople from Los Angeles

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