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Edward Laurence “Ned” Doheny, Jr

Businessman. ¬†Son of oil tycoon ¬†Edward L. Doheny. ¬†He has been called “The Bagman of Teapot Dome” for his role in the 1920s political controversy, ¬†but is chiefly remembered today for his mysterious demise. ¬†Doheny was born in Los Angeles. ¬†His parents divorced when he was six and his mother committed suicide in 1901 after losing him in a custody battle. ¬†He was raised by his stepmother, ¬† Carrie Estelle Doheny. ¬†In 1913 he married Lucy Smith, ¬†daughter of an executive at the Santa Fe Railroad; ¬†they would have five children. ¬†From 1913 to 1916 he attended USC, ¬†where he earned a degree in business and was later elected to the Board of Trustees and as President of the Alumni Association. ¬†After serving as a lieutenant in the US Navy during World War I he joined the Doheny oil business as company Vice President. ¬†In December 1921, ¬†Doheny was instructed by his father to withdraw $100,000 from his own brokerage account and deliver it to US Secretary of the Interior ¬†Albert Fall in Washington; ¬†he did so accompanied by his close friend and personal secretary, ¬† T. Hugh Plunkett. ¬†This transaction became one of the key events of the Teapot Dome scandal (1923-1924), ¬†in which the senior Doheny and rival oil magnate ¬†Harry F. Sinclair were accused of bribing Fall to gain leases on government-owned oil reserves. ¬†During the years of litigation that followed Doheny kept a low profile in the business world and devoted his free time to supervising the construction of Greystone, ¬†his $3 million mansion in Beverly Hills. ¬†The work was completed in October 1928 but his residence there would be brief. ¬†On the night of February 16, ¬†1929, ¬†Doheny and Hugh Plunkett were found shot to death in one of Greystone’s guest bedrooms. ¬†Within 24 hours police concluded that Plunkett had murdered Doheny after being refused a raise and then turned the gun on himself. ¬†But the haste of the investigation (details of which were later disputed by one of the detectives on the scene), ¬†the rather pat motive attributed to Plunkett, ¬†and the way the incident was hushed up in the press, ¬†inspired several alternative theories and left many questions unanswered. ¬†One of them concerns Doheny’s resting place. ¬†Although the Dohenys were devoted Catholics, ¬†Ned was interred not in the Doheny Family Room at Calvary Mausoleum but alone at Forest Lawn in Glendale. ¬†This gave rise to the scenario that Doheny was the actual gunman, ¬†since suicides were denied Catholic burial at that time. ¬†The marble canopy over his sarcophagus came from the Santa Sabina Basilica in Rome and was said to have been a sympathy gift from ¬†Pope Pius XI. ¬†His parents later donated $1.1 million to USC for a library in his honor. ¬†When the Edward L. Doheny, ¬†Jr. Memorial Library opened in 1932, ¬†California Governor James Rolph, ¬†Jr. declared, ¬†“Here we see perpetuated the love of a father for his dutiful son”. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) ¬†Family links: ¬†Parents: ¬†Edward Laurence Doheny (1856 – 1935) ¬†Carrie Louella Wilkins Doheny (1862 – 1900) ¬†Spouse: ¬†Lucy Marceline Smith Battson (1892 – 1993)* ¬†Children: ¬†Lucy Estelle Doheny Washington (1915 – 2009)* ¬†Edward Laurence Doheny (1917 – 1999)* ¬†William Henry Doheny (1919 – 2003)* ¬†Patrick Anson Doheny (1923 – 2014)* ¬†Timothy Michael Doheny (1926 – 2009)* ¬†Sibling: ¬†Eileen Doheny (1884 – 1892)* ¬†Edward Laurence Doheny (1893 – 1929) *Calculated relationship


  • November, 06, 1893
  • USA


  • February, 02, 1929
  • USA


  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
  • California
  • USA

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