Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

Patrick and Thomas Phelan

Patrick and Thomas arrived on the SS Independence
July 12, 1852

James Duval Phelan, born in San Francisco (April 20, 1861; died August 7, 1930), was the son of an Irish-born Forty-Niner who had become a San Francisco millionaire.

James Phelan was educated at St. Ignatius High School and graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1881. He went on to obtain a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

James Duval Phelan was elected mayor for three terms beginning in 1897 . . . without any previous political experience.

Following the earthquake of 1906, Phelan was President of the Red Cross Funds and designed by President Theodore Roosevelt as custodian of the Relief Funds. He also tried to relocate Chinatown to Hunter's Point.

He was also United States Senator in 1913 and served one six-year term.

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