Edward L. Doheny and his lawyer Frank J. Hogan
Feb, 1924
Edward Laurence Doheny (1856 - 1935) was an Irish American oil tycoon who was born in Wisconsin. In 1892 he and his partner Charles A. Canfield began drilling for oil in southern California and became very wealthy. Doheny was implicated in the Teapot Dome Scandal during the administration of President Warren G. Harding. Specifically Doheny was accused of offering a $100,000 bribe to the Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall to obtain oil drilling rights in central California. Fall was convicted of accepting the bribe but Doheny was twice acquitted of offering the bribe.

Doheny and his wife were noted philanthropists. Among their donations they helped fund the construction of St. Vincent de Paul Church and donated over a million dollars in 1932 to the University of Southern California to build the Edward L. Doheny, Jr., Memorial Library.

Clarence Darrow wrote a letter to his son Paul on June 28, 1924 in which he discussed politics and the scandal:

"That Fall deliberately sold government property for a personal consideration, is not disputed. He received at least $100,000 from Doheny for turning over government property to him while he was Secretary of the Interior. He first got McLean to say that he loaned him the money, which was not true and then sent his son-in-law to Cleveland to try to get some one else to swear to it, who refused, and testified before the committee. He was called as a witness and refused to testify on the ground that it might incriminate him. There can be no kind of doubt about the facts and that it does not arouse the country, shows that the country has lost all sense of decency in regard to its officials."

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-51321.