William I. Foley was an attorney in a law firm in Los Angeles with Henry T. Gage, who served as Governor of California between 1899 and 1903. Foley died in 1921 at the age of 60.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of 84 items including legal documents and correspondence. The Manuscripts are made up of legal documents related to several court cases including Miguel Aguirre, et al. vs. Patrick William Riordan (Archbishop of San Francisco), et al., where Foley was an attorney for the plaintiffs, and Jonathan S. Dodge vs. John C. Cline, where he served for the defendant. The first case was taken to court by the Aguirres, who believed that the Catholic Church owed to the family an interest in the Pious Fund of California, which has its origin in the 17th century. As for this case, the collection includes the notes prepared by him and/or someone else for the case. The second case was fought by a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the sheriff of the county. As Foley was also involved as an attorney for R. S. McKenzie in the financial contracts between M. Levinson, Jean R. Patterson, Newton Evans, and McKenzie, there are manuscripts related to that case as well. Related to the case, there is also a bill from the Mortgage Company of Canada to R. S. McKenzie as well as a certificate created by R. S. McKenzie. In addition, the collection includes some sources related to the business of Richard Phelan since Foley was a stockholder of the Esmeralda Quicksilver Mining Company ran by Phelan. The Correspondence includes both personal and business letters written and received by Foley, mostly dealing with the above law cases. Finally, the ephemera includes a memo pad, business envelopes, business cards, and two photographs.