Edward L. Doheny

Edward L. Doheny's Death

Born (Birthday) August 10, 1856

Death Date September 8, 1935

Age of Death 79 years

Cause of Death Natural Causes

Place of Death Los Angeles, California, United States

Profession Entrepreneur

The entrepreneur Edward L. Doheny died at the age of 79. Here is all you want to know and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

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

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.

Personal 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.

How did Edward L. Doheny die?

Edward L. Doheny died at his Beverly Hills townhouse on September 8, 1935, of natural causes, a month after his seventy-ninth birthday. His funeral was in St. Vincent’s Church in Los Angeles.