Personal photograph albums of James D. Phelan, San Francisco mayor and U.S. senator for California.
James Duval Phelan was born in San Francisco, April 20, 1861, and was intimately associated throughout the greater part of
his life with the political, business and cultural history of the city. His father, James Phelan, was an Irish immigrant who
came to California in the gold rush and made a fortune in trade, banking, insurance, and real estate. Young Phelan attended
San Francisco schools, was graduated from St. Ignatius College in 1881 and studied law at the University of California. After
graduation he traveled abroad for a year and a half, studying municipal governments and writing articles on his observations
for various magazines and San Francisco newspapers. Influenced by his father, he gave up his early aspirations to become a
lawyer or a writer and turned to a business career, first as his father's partner, and then, in 1892, as his successor in
the banking business and as manager of the considerable estate which he had inherited.
in 21 albums (approximately 6000 photographic prints, postcards, and ephemeral souvenirs) and 1335 digital objects
; various sizes
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