Henry Dougherty was born in Kentucky, and is the son of Henry Dougherty, Sr. At the age of fourteen years he moved with his parents to Camden County, Mo., and here his parents died of spotted fever, in the same week. He also lost a brother by the same disease. After the death of their parents the children were put under the charge of a Mr. Cheneworth, who misused them to such an extent that our subject and his three brothers left in the night and went to Kentucky, where their uncle, Franklin Fryear, lived, and there found a home. Here Henry Dougherty lived until twenty-one years of age, and then went to Nelson County, Ky., and began clerking in a store for his cousin, George Fryear. He remained here until the fall of 1872. Previous to this he had married Miss Alice Miller, daughter of Marshall Miller, of New Albany, Ind. In 1872 he and his family returned to Camden County, Mo., where they resided until 1883, and then moved to California, Mo. Here Mr. Dougherty was engaged in saloon-keeping and trading in railroad cross—ties, but in 1884 he moved to Cape Galena, where he is very extensively occupied in general merchandise and in railroad ties. At the present time he is doing a business of $20,000 per annum, having much the largest trade of any man in the county, carrying a stock of goods valued at from $3,000 to $4,000. Having great experience in buying, and always paying cash for his goods, he is thus enabled to greatly undersell the Wheel stores. Mr. Dougherty's family, which consists of his wife and four sons, have been living at Eldon, Miller County, for the past two years, on account of Mrs. Dougherty's health. She is a member of the Christian Church. To Mr. Dougherty's marriage were born six sons, two of whom, Johnny and Arthur, are deceased. Those living are: Edward, William, Henry and Charles F. Mr. Dougherty votes the Democratic ticket.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.