JOHN E. DOOLY
Few men are better known on the Pacific Coast and in the State of Utah than the subject of this sketch, John E.
He was born June 8, 1841, in the little town of Benton, Lake County, Illinois, his father being Richard W. Dooly,
a farmer, and his mother, Catherine Lonergan Dooly.
He was educated in the public schools of his native State. He embarked from the City of New York in his twenty
first year for California, on the steamship "Illinois" for the Isthmus of Panama, thence to San Francisco
on the steamship "Moses Taylor," better known to Californians as the "Rolling Moses."
Mr. Dooly arrived in California in 1863 and engaged in various pursuits in the vicinity of San Francisco and Stockton.
In 1865 he obtained a position with Wells Fargo & Company in Sacramento, California, in which he continued
until 1869 when he was appointed agent of Wells Fargo & Company at "Coburn," California, renamed
Truckee after the completion of the Central Pacific Railroad. Leaving Truckee in May, 1872, he visited Europe,
returning early in 1873, when he was appointed agent of Wells Fargo & Co. at Ogden, Utah, which at that time
was the only transfer office of the express company. While representing Wells Fargo & Co. at Ogden, he established
the first bank opened in the Junction City, under the name of "J. E. Dooly & Company." In 1877 he
was appointed cashier of Wells Fargo & Co Bank, Salt Lake City, and represented the financial interests of
the corporation in Utah until 1902, a period of twenty six years.
Mr. Dooly was one of the organizers of "The Utah National Bank of Ogden" in 1883, and has been its president
for the past twenty five years. In addition to his banking interests, Mr. Dooly is largely interested in real estate
in Salt Lake City, Ogden and in various counties in the State, and is prominently identified with many large corporations,
among which are the Dooly Block, the Island Improvement Company, the Syndicate Investment Company, the John E.
Dooly Company, and several others.
On September 17, 1876, Mr. Dooly was married to Eleanor M. Taylor, who died May 23, 1894. The issue of this marriage
was Eleanor F. (Mrs. Ernest Bainberger), Margaret L., Ethel C., John E., and Ruth A. Dooly (who died on May 30th,
He subsequently married May V. Cavanaugh on October 17, 1897, the issue of which marriage was Mary C. and Richard
He has at all times manifested a forceful, independent and aggressive interest in public affairs, and has filled
with credit to himself a number of prominent positions in public life, among which were: President of the Salt
Lake City Board of Education; regent of the University of Utah; chairman of the Territorial Board of Equalization;
chairman of the Board of Public Works; chairman of the Republican State Central committee and a member of the city
He is a charter member of both the Alta and Commercial Clubs of Salt Lake City.
He owns a beautiful home situate on a spacious and eligible site at the southeast corner of South Temple and Fifth
Mr. Dooly is favorably and extensively known in business circles, and with his family enjoys a prominent social
position throughout the inter-mountain States.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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