|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1880|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1944|
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)
Hon. William Thomas Dougherty, ex-secretary of state, was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, November 25, 1880, a son of Matthew Day and Mary Alice (Burns) Dougherty, who were also natives of the Keystone state, the former of Irish descent, while the latter was of Scotch lineage. The father was a farmer by occupation and when his son, William T., was but three years of age removed with the family from Pennsylvania to Page county, Iowa, making the trip in the year 1883. He there devoted his attention to farming for many years and the old homestead is still in possession of the family. He died in 1914, having for many years survived his wife, who had passed away in 1889.
William T. Dougherty was but nine years of age at the time of his mother's death and his father never married again. He was reared, however, upon the home farm in Iowa and attended the country schools to the age of fourteen, finishing the work of the ninth grade. He afterward completed a four years' high school course in three years at Coin, Iowa, being but seventeen years of age when graduated at the head of his class in 1898, winning first honors in a class of more than twelve members, in which he was the only boy. At eighteen years of age he took up the profession of teaching and afterward taught and attended school alternately for eight years, within which period he completed a course in the Western Normal College at Shenandoah, Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1902. He continued the work of teaching until 1906 and in the meantime, in 1904, was graduated from the Lincoln (Neb.) Business College. In the summer of 1906 he did post-graduate work in the Quincy (Ill.) Business College and through that period of his life devoted his time chiefly to expert accounting. During the fall of 1906 and throughout the ensuing year he was principal of a business college in Denver, Colorado. In 1908 he came to Idaho to accept the position of auditor with the firm of J. G. White ft Company, a New York concern, which built the irrigation system in the vicinity of Richfield, Idaho, the complete system costing about four and a half millions. Mr. Dougherty was auditor for this company for two and a half years. In December, 1910, he turned his attention to the hotel business at Richfield and also developed a ranch in that vicinity which he still owns.
In politics Mr. Dougherty has always taken a deep interest as a supporter of democratic principles and for two years, in 1916 and 1917, he served as mayor ofRichfield. In the fall of 1916 he was elected secretary of state of Idaho on the democratic ticket, receiving a majority of more than three thousand, and on the 1st of January, 1917, he assumed the duties of the office, which he most acceptably filled. His work was done in a most systematic and thorough manner and in every possible way he safeguarded and promoted the interests of the commonwealth. Since his retirement from office he has become one of the principal stockholders and secretary and treasurer of the Boise Ice & Produce Company.
On the 10th of August, 1907, Mr. Dougherty was married to Miss Geneva Mace, of Stafford, Kansas, and they have two sons: Winston, born June 19, 1908; and William, born March 22, 1914. Mr. Dougherty is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his fraternal relations connect him with the Odd Fellows and the Elks. The elemental strength of his character was displayed in the manner in which he acquired his education, utilizing every opportunity for advancement in that direction, and throughout his entire life he has remained a student not only of books but of men and affairs and is thoroughly versed on many of the sociological, economic and political problems of the day which are to the thinking man of greatest import.
Matthew Day Dougherty (1846 - 1913)
Mary Alice Burns Dougherty (1846 - 1885)
William Thomas Dougherty (1880 - 1944)
Infant Son Dougherty (1885 - 1885)*
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Record added: Nov 07, 2012
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