JAMES DOUGHTY, of the law firm of Billingsley & Doughty, at Vinton, was born near Meadville, Crawford Co., Pa., April 4, 1855. he is a son of William H. and Isabelle (McCurdy) Doughty, natives of Pennsylvania. Our subject is the eldest of his parents' eleven children, six sons and five daughters, of whom nine are yet living. The parents moved West in the spring of 1886, and are at present residing near Jamestown, Dak.
James Doughty was reared as a farmer's boy; attended the public schools and supplemented his education received therein by an attendance of two years at the High School and graduated with honors from Alleghany College, Meadville, Pa., in 1878. He commenced reading law in the office of Hon. Myron Park Davis, of Meadville, and continued under his instruction for two and a half years, in the meantime acting as a teacher in that county. He was admitted to the bar in February, 1881, and commenced the practice of his profession in his native town. Remaining there until the spring of 1885, he came West and located at Cedar Rapids, where he lived until February, 1886. He then came to this county and formed a partnership with Ray Billingsley in the practice of law. The firm have one of the largest law and collecting businesses in the county, and are meeting with signal success in the practice of their profession. Mr. Doughty is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and belongs to the I. O. O. F.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 192.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.