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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Prof. James P. Dougherty, principal of the public schools of De Soto, and school commissioner of Jefferson County, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and was born in 1861. He is a son of Cornelius and Catherine (Sullivan) Dougherty, the former of whom, a native of County Donegal, Ireland, was born in 1824, and immigrated to this country in 1850, locating in New York City, where he followed his trade, that of a tanner and currier. In 1851 he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was foreman of a large tannery until 1870, when he purchased and removed to eighty acres of land near Byrnesville, Jefferson Co., Mo., where he has since devoted his attention to the pursuit of agriculture. Mrs. Catherine Dougherty was born in County Waterford, Ireland, in 1832, and is the mother of seven children, as follows: Cornelius, a master mechanic; Edward, a teacher; James P., Mary J., Annie T., a teacher; Katie and William. James P. received his early education at the Cathedral School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and when nine years of age came to Missouri with his parents; he subsequently attended St. Vincent’s College, Cape Girardeau, two years. At the early age of sixteen he received a license to teach, and his first term was taught at Grubville, Jefferson County. He taught two years at Byrnesville, one year at Stringtown, and in 1885 and 1886 at Fenton, St. Louis County. In April, 1887, he was elected school commissioner of Jefferson County over five candidates, with a majority of 260 votes. He has met with marked success in all his line of school work, is the leading educator of Jefferson County, and one of the prominent school men of Southeastern Missouri. In June, 1887, he was elected principal of the public schools of De Soto, and his work thus far has given universal satisfaction. Politically, he is a Democrat, having cast his first presidential vote for Cleveland, in 1884; he is a member of the A. O. U. W. and of the Roman Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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