DOUGHERTY, EDWARD (1819–1877?). Edward Dougherty, legislator, was born in County Caven, Ireland, on June 9, 1819. He immigrated to the United States in 1820 with his parents, James and Ann (Sheridan) Dougherty, and they settled in New York City, where Dougherty was raised. He traveled to Texas in July 1846 as a soldier in David Emanuel Twiggs's Second United States Dragoons during the Mexican War and participated in the first battles of that conflict at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma.qqv After his discharge he settled at the newly established town of Brownsville. Dougherty married Marcela García on November 13, 1847, and they were the parents of seven children.
Dougherty founded the trading town of Rudyville near Relampago in Hidalgo County about 1850. He acted as United States deputy collector at Rudyville in the 1850s. On November 29, 1852, he was admitted to the bar at Brownsville. He served as justice of the peace and county judge in the early days of Cameron County. In 1856 he was elected district attorney of the Twelfth Judicial District and held that office until 1863, being removed when the Union forces captured Brownsville during the Civil War. Dougherty also served in the Eighth State Legislature, having been elected without opposition in August 1859. He represented Hidalgo County in the Texas Secession Convention of 1861. On February 25, 1874, Dougherty was appointed commissioner for the extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico. He was a judge in two judicial districts: the twenty-fifth district at Laredo in 1874 and the fifteenth district at Brownsville in 1877 .
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