VIPS in the Port of San Francisco

Patrick Crowley

(From the March 4, 1906, San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California)

More than a century ago a boy named Patrick Crowley landed here, giving up half of his capital to be rowed in a small boat with his few belongings from ship to shore, for there were no docks or wharves on San Francisco's water front. He was a boy of 18, and he landed with just $2.50 in his pocket . . .

Boatman Patrick Crowley

He set up his own line of boats and carried passengers to and from the ships in the harbor and made money "hand over fist."

As boatman he ran a rival trade with Harry Morse, who is now the Pinkerton of the Pacific Coast, and who, as a little chap in New York, worked in the same shop with Patrick Crowley, learning the bookbinding trade while Crowley was learning printing.

Returning from one of his ventures to the mines he noticed how low the water in the river was, and with the astuteness that came from making his own way in the world guessed that freighting on the ordinary deep-draught steamers would have its difficulities. So he took all his savings, persuaded a friend to go in with him and bought a light-draught boat for the emergency. It came as he expected it, and very soon at the rate of $100 a ton for freight and $29 for passage the two young partners were clearing profits at the rate of $3000 a month . . .

October 11, 1864, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

The Loyal Irish League

At the late meeting of loyal Irishmen at Platt's Hall, the following named officers were elected: President? M. B. Hughes, Vice Presidents?Michael Kenny, M. Fennell, John Mulholland, Patrick Crowley, J. S. Kennedy, Michael O'Brien. C. D. Carter. Hon. Hugh Farley, Robert Cushing, John P. Buckley, M. Miles, James Donovan, Jos. Holland, Cornelius O'Connor, C. P. Duane, Geo. L. Kenny, P. J. Donoghue. D. J. Murphy, J. W. Bingham, John A. McGlynn, Wm. Ingram, Capt J. W. Wilkinson, Mr. O'Hanlon, John Roberts, J. Winters. Jno. H. O'Brien. W. W. Haney Jno. P. Gallagher, Eugene M. Casey, Edward Gallagher, M. T. Roach W. J. Hogan, Thos. O'Brien, Wm. Martin, Matthew Mclntyre. Recording Secretary? J. Crowley. Corresponding Secretary? F. O'Bryne. Treasurer? M. Kenny. Finance Committee? John A. McGlynn. P. B Quinlan and 0. P. Duane.

Chief of Police in San Francisco.

Patrick Crowley.

August 16, 1875, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.


The Democracy of San Francisco have made one first-rate nomination, in the person of Patrick Crowley, for Chief of Police. Mr. Crowley served two terms in the office, and at no time during the history of the city was the police force so well governed, the security of life and property so complete, or tbe force so free from the political corruption and entanglement which have since demoralized and deprived it of half its value. We do not know that any charge was ever brought against Chief Crowley. He was by far the most popular man who ever held that important and responsible office, and he was zealous to a fault in the performance of his duty. If tried and proved merit and unblemished integrity are recommendations of any weight with the voters of San Francisco, then ought Patiick Crowley to be the next Chief ot Police, and by the largest vote cast lor any officer in the manicipal government.

March 2, 1896, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

Chief Crowley Resigns.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 1.?Chief of Police Crowley has handed in his resignation to the Police Commissioners. Chief Crowley has been at the head of the police for twenty-three years, and resigns on account of failing health.


SAN FRANCISCO, March 1.?Captain I. W. Lees is to succeed Patrick Crowley, who resigned as Chief of Police last Saturday, and John Seymour is to become the head of the detective department in Lees' place. That is the forecast given out everywhere the matter is discussed, and especially in police circles. Chief Crowley has recommended Lees to the Police Commissioners as his successor.

The Annals of San FranciscoTales of Early San Francisco.Stories of Early San Francisco.
Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, Jim Nisbet. 1855
Written by three journalists who were witnesses to and participants in the extraordinary events they describe. The Annals of San Francisco is both an essential record for historians and a fascinating narrative for general readers. Over 100 historical engravings are included.
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San Francisco, You're History!
A Chronicle of the Politicians, Proselytizers, Paramours, and Performers Who Helped Create California's Wildest City
San Francisco Artists.California Performers.
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Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San FranciscoArtistic Life in Early San Francisco.
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