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Harold Doley
"First Individual of Color to own seat on
N.Y. Stock Exchange"






Harold Doley

Grew up in New Orleans and can trace his paternal ancestors back to 1720 in Louisiana."My father's group, the Illinois club, was started in the 1880's, and one of its big activities was putting on an annual cotillion for the daughters of many of the old families."

Doley also attended Xavier University and the private, Xavier Prep before that.


The first person of color (Creole)

to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange,


Doley now runs an investment firm that has offices in New York and New Orleans. He is also the owner of Villa Lewaro, the twenty-thousand-square-foot mansion that was built by Madam C.J. Walker after she became the first woman millionaire in 1908. He is one of the many Creole New Orleans success stories that became famous elsewhere but still holds tightly to his native city.

" Few people realize that Andrew Young and Bryant Gumbel are from New Orleans," says Doley, who met Gumbel many years ago at a childhood birthday party and remembers when Young was a student at Dillard and later joined Central Congregational Church as assistant pastor.

"Even if we later move to other cities," explains Doley," the culture of Creole New Orleans is so strong that we end up returning to the community or finding others around us who share these roots."


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