The most articulate explorer of East Texas oil fields the man whose work appears to have caused the incorpora tion of a number of oil companies in that section - was a Kentuckian, Benjamin Taylor Kavanaugh (1805-88).
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"Benjamin Taylor Kavanaugh, And The Discovery Of East Texas Oil,"
Field and Laboratory: Vol. 12
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