Oil Baron of the Southwest: Edward L. Doheny and the Development of the Petroleum Industry in California

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Martin R. Ansell provides the first comprehensive analysis of the business career of oilman Edward Laurence Doheny, one of the most successful and colorful entrepreneurs of the early twentieth century. Doheny's story begins in the mining camps of the Old West during the 1870s. Ansell shows how Doheny's rough beginning contributed to his later success and demonstrates that the fabled "Doheny luck" was actually a combination of practical knowledge, visionary ideas, and executive skill. Because Doheny's personal ...
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Columbus 1998 Hardcover First Edition Fine in Fine jacket Book Textual illustrations. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1998. First edition. "Given the magnitude of his ... achievements, both the notable and the dubious, Edward Doheny remains a surprisingly obscure figure in U.S. history. At the start of this century, he had developed every major oil field in Southern California and built a huge oil empire in Mexico; and he was credited with having discovered more oil than any other living person. He was also the major player in the Teapot Dome scandal, which tainted the administration of President Warren G. Harding. Little has been written about Doheny; at his request, his wife burned almost all of his papers after his death...[Ansell] sets out to reevaluate Doheny's role in history and rehabilitate his image" (David Rouse, Booklist). Octavo. Original gray cloth binding, with. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Martin R. Ansell provides the first comprehensive analysis of the business career of oilman Edward Laurence Doheny, one of the most successful and colorful entrepreneurs of the early twentieth century. Doheny's story begins in the mining camps of the Old West during the 1870s. Ansell shows how Doheny's rough beginning contributed to his later success and demonstrates that the fabled "Doheny luck" was actually a combination of practical knowledge, visionary ideas, and executive skill. Because Doheny's personal papers were destroyed after his death in 1935, there has been no previous systematic attempt to reconstruct his life. As a reappraisal of Doheny's experience, this book adds significant new information about the early years of the oil industry and should interest scholars of business history, the history of the American West, and the history of California and Mexico.
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An analysis of the business career of one of the most successful and colorful entrepreneurs of the early 20th century. The author shows how the oil baron's rough beginning contributed to his later success and demonstrates that his fabled luck was actually a combination of practical knowledge, visionary ideas, and executive skill. In the process, new information is provided about the early days of the oil industry. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814207499
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Historical Perspectives on Business Ente
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Early Years in the West 7
2 Oil and Railroads in Southern California, 1892-1902 23
3 The Birth of the Mexican Oil Industry, 1900-1910 52
4 Return to California, 1908-1912 87
5 Creating an International Oil Company, 1912-1915 105
6 The Pan American Petroleum & Transport Company, 1916 130
7 The Vision of Peace: Fuel Oil for the War 147
8 Promoting an Oil Policy for Mexico, 1917-1920 162
9 Domestic Politics and International Relations: Ireland and Japan, 1920-1921 180
10 Salt Water and Revolution: Mexico, 1921-1923 196
11 The Bark of Political Wolves: Doheny and the Oil Scandal 212
Conclusion 238
App. A Production and Sales of the Mexican and Huasteca Petroleum Companies, 1901-1914 245
App. B Oil Production and Exports for the Mexican Petroleum Industry, 1916-1924 246
App. C Companies Owned and Controlled by the Pan American Petroleum & Transport Company at Its Incorporation, 1916 250
App. D Relative Sizes of the Largest American Oil Companies by Total Assets 252
Notes 253
Index 295
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