DOUGHERTY, Peter, formerly a farmer of Chalmers Township, McDonough County, Ill., and now living in retirement in Macomb, in that county, was born in County Donegal, Ireland, March 2, 1847, and there attended a subscription school. His father and mother, William and Hannah Dougherty, were natives of the same country. Peter Dougherty left home at the age of twelve years and spent five months in Fulton County, Ill. Thence he came to New Salem Township, McDonough County, where he worked on a farm. At the rime of the great Chicago fire in 1871 he was a student at Porter's Telegraphy School in that city. In 1880 he moved to Mound Township, where he took the township census, and was again census enumerator in 1890. He was engaged in farming in Chalmers Township, McDonough County, until January, 1904, when he moved to Macomb, where he lives in retirement on West Pike Street. He is the owner of ten building lots In Macomb City, described as Lot 3, Section 36, Emmet Township.
On October 3, 1872, Mr. Dougherty was united in marriage with Mary Jane Seaburn, who was born and schooled in McDonough County. The children resulting from this marriage are: Flora K. (Mrs. D. D. Riden), Arthur, Harry and Blaine. Mr. Dougherty is an outspoken Republican in politics. He has served as Town Clerk of Mound Township, and was County Coroner for the term ending in December, 1904, and was re-elected to this office in November, 1904. Fraternally, the subject of this sketch is affiliated with the I. O. O. F, K. of P, K. of K., M. W. A. and the Rebekahs. Mr. Dougherty has led a very active life, and has faithfully discharged all obligations imposed upon him. He is now resting from his labors, and in his well-earned retirement enjoys the respect of all who know him.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.