Francis Joseph Heney

Francis Joseph Heney

Lima, Livingston County, New York, USA
Death 31 Oct 1937 (aged 78)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 118446408 · View Source
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My Husband's ancestor.

United States Assistant Attorney General Francis J. Heney
He was a lawyer most famous for his involvement in the Dr. John Christopher Handy divorce case in 1891, the Oregon Land Fraud trials in 1905, and the San Francisco graft prosecution from 1906 to 1908.

SF CAll:
18 November 1906

Francis J. Heney Abandons Business Cares to Wed Mrs. Rebecca McMullin Belvin

Survived by his 2nd wife Edna I. Van Winkle-Heney whom he married he married on February 13, 1915.

While young, he worked in his father's furniture store.

He became a member of the bar in 1883.

1891 being an attorney in Tucson, Arizona Territory, he defended the abused wife of John C. Handy, who had threatened to kill him. Handy attacked Heney, and Francis J Heney shot and killed Handy in self-defense.

Heney was the Attorney General of the Arizona Territory between 1893 and 1895. Also was the chief prosecutor of the Oregon Land Fraud scandal.He served at the U.S. District Attorney for the District of Oregon.

He helped his brother Ben run/operate a cattle business in AZ

1912 he was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from California.

In 1914 he ran for the U.S. Senate as a Progressive but lost to Democrat James D. Phelan.


1870 United States Federal Census about Frank Heney
Name: Frank Heney
Age in 1870: 11
Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: San Francisco Ward 10, San Francisco, California
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: San Francisco
Household Members:
Name Age
Richard Heney 48 Ireland
Julia Heney 46 Prussia
Lena Heney 22
Julia Heney 19
Libbie Heney 13
Frank Heney 11
Benjamin Heney 8

1900 San Francisco,living with his sisters:
Francis J Heney 39
Helena E Heney 51
Elizabeth S Heney 37

1920 Santa Monica CA
Francis J Heney 60
Edna T Heney 42
Elizabeth Stubbs 56

1930 Santa Monica CA
Francis J Heney 71
Edna I Heney 51
Elizabeth Stubbs 66
Mary P Williams 52

1940 United States Federal Census about Edna Heney
Name: Edna Heney
Respondent: Yes
Age: 58
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1882
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: California
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
Street: Ocean Front
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 2B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 39
Occupation: Administration Staff
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 23
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Weeks Worked in 1939: 30
Income: 1200
Income Other Sources: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Edna Heney 58

San Francisco Call, Volume 104, Number 152, 30 October 1908
Heney's cousin gored to death by Carabao
George E Wolf gored to death Oct 29th in Manila Spain.

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  • Added: 9 Oct 2013
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