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James Duval Phelan
Birth: Apr. 20, 1861
Death: Aug. 7, 1930

US Senator. Phelan was born in San Fransisco, California in 1861, the son of an Irish immigrant who became wealthy during the California Gold Ruch as a trader, merchant, and banker. He graduated from St. Ignatius College in 1881. He studied law at the University of California, Berkeley and then became a banker. He was elected Mayor of San Francisco and served from 1897 until 1902. He was president of Relief and Red Cross Funds after the 1906 San Fransisco earthquake. He was then elected as a Democrat to the US Senate and served from 1915-1921. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920. During this time in the Senate he was chairman of the US Senate Committee on Railroads during the 64th Congress and of the US Senate Committee on Irriagtion and Reclamation of Arid Land during the 65th Congress. At this time in the Senate, Phelan returned to banking, and collected art. He died at his country estate, Villa Montalvo, in Saratoga, California in 1930. After his death, the estate was gifted to the people of California. Some of his momentos and correspondence are on display in the library at Villa Montalvo. 
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
Colma
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Section D, Row 1, Area 1, Plot 3 (Phelan Mausoleum)
GPS (lat/lon): 37.67031, -122.44732
 
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Record added: Jan 27, 2003
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