Lucas, Anthony F. (Anthony Francis), 1855-1921

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Dates:
Birth 1855-09-09
Death 1921-09-02

Biographical notes:

Born to Francis Stephen Luchich and Giovanna Giovanizo in Austria, Anthony Francis Lucas (1855-1921) attended the Polytechnic Institute in Graz before enlisting in the Austrian Naval Academy around 1875. In 1879, he left the academy and immigrated to the United States, where he eventually settled in Washington, D. C. Eight years later, Lucas married Caroline Weed Fitzgerald, with whom he had one son. Following his work as a mechanical and mining engineer at various gold and salt mines, he became an authority on the formation of salt deposits and domes on the Gulf Coast. In 1899, Lucas was hired as a drilling contractor by Pattillo Higgins and given permission to drill at Spindletop near Beaumont, Texas. Convinced that salt domes harbored oil wells, he persisted drilling until harnessing the Spindletop oilfield in 1901. Following Lucas’ success, he acted as a consultant throughout the United States as well as Europe and Russia.

Source:

Wooster, Robert. Lucas, Anthony Francis. Handbook of Texas Online . Accessed July 8, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/flu04 .

From the guide to the Lucas, Anthony F. Scrapbook, 1953, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Born to Francis Stephen Luchich and Giovanna Giovanizo in Austria, Anthony Francis Lucas (1855-1921) attended the Polytechnic Institute in Graz before enlisting in the Austrian Naval Academy around 1875.

In 1879, he left the academy and immigrated to the United States, where he eventually settled in Washington, D. C. Eight years later, Lucas married Caroline Weed Fitzgerald, with whom he had one son. Following his work as a mechanical and mining engineer at various gold and salt mines, he became an authority on the formation of salt deposits and domes on the Gulf Coast. In 1899, Lucas was hired as a drilling contractor by Pattillo Higgins and given permission to drill at Spindletop near Beaumont, Texas. Convinced that salt domes harbored oil wells, he persisted drilling until harnessing the Spindletop oilfield in 1901. Following Lucas' success, he acted as a consultant throughout the United States as well as Europe and Russia.

From the description of Lucas, Anthony F., Scrapbook, 1953 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 761106044

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  • Oil fields
  • Oil wells--Texas
  • Oil fields--Texas
  • Petroleum--Prospecting
  • Petroleum industry and trade--Texas
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Petroleum--Prospecting--Texas

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