Lucas, Anthony Francis

Lucas, Anthony Francis

(1855–1921) geologist, engineer; born in Spalato, Austria. He came to the U.S.A. in 1879. Drawing on his geological knowledge, he drilled for and struck oil at Spindletop, near Beaumont, Texas, in 1901, the first of the great Texas oil finds. He became world famous, but received small financial reward for his work.
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