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date: 19 October 2019

Doheny, Edward Laurencelocked

(10 August 1856–08 September 1935)
  • Martin R. Ansell


Doheny, Edward Laurence (10 August 1856–08 September 1935), oil developer, was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the son of Patrick Doheny, a laborer, and Ellen (in some sources Eleanor Elizabeth) Quigley, a schoolteacher. Doheny received his education in the Fond du Lac public schools and graduated from high school in 1872 at the age of fifteen. He left home soon after his graduation hoping to join a surveying party leaving from Atchison, Kansas. He arrived too late for that adventure but stayed in Kansas working odd jobs. Sometime around 1876 he headed west as a prospector, which led him to New Mexico in 1880. He settled in the mining camp of Kingston in 1883 and married Carrie Lou Ella Wilkins. They had two children, one of whom lived to adulthood. While in Kingston Doheny worked as a prospector, mine owner, and company superintendent but struggled to make ends meet. He also operated a lead mine in Silver City, New Mexico, for a short time before he moved to California in 1891....

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