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DOUGHERTY, Daniel, lawyer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15 October 1826. He was educated at private schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar in his native City on 2 May 1849, and soon became noted as an orator and humorist. He has been a political speaker, and was a strong friend of the national government in 1862. He was one of the founders of the first Union league, and worked earnestly for President Lincoln's reelection in 1864, but subsequently acted with the Democratic Party . Mr. Dougherty's lectures on "The Stage," and "Orators and Oratory," have been much admired. Among his noteworthy addresses is one delivered before the literary societies of Lafayette College, which was quoted and commented on by Lord Lytton in the House of Commons (1859). He made the Speech of welcome to President Lincoln at the Philadelphia union league in January 1864, and the speech nominating General Hancock for the presidency in the Democratic convention of 1880.
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