Benton County

DOHERTY, William F.
Colonel William F. Doherty (1801-1876), a native Kentuckian, began his legal practice in Camden soon after the county was established. He had the reputation of being a good speaker with "a fine vein of humor." For many years, he was the county's leading attorney. He was elected as the delegate from Benton and Humphreys counties to serve in the state constitutional convention which met at Nashville in January and February of 1870. He put in a perfect attendance there, giving inconspicuous but conscientious deliberation on the issues brought before the convention.
** Colonel William F. Doherty published the county's first newspaper, The Central Democrat, at Camden for two years, beginning in 1852. For years after that, the county was without a resident newspaper.
Excerpt from "Tennessee County History Series" by Jonathan K.T. Smith Sep 1979

DOWDY, Earl H.
Farmer; born in Henry Co., Tenn., July 2, 1878; English descent; son of Henry and Angeline (Marbry) Dowdy; father’s occupation farming; received common school education; in early life clerked in a confectionery store, later took up farming, in which business he is now engaged at Big Sandy, Tenn.; married Clara Pierce Aug. 6, 1899; member of F.E. and C.U. of A.F. & A.M. (Senior Warden), M.W.A., Pres. of Farmers’ Union of Benton Co., Tenn.; Republican; Justice of the Peace, Notary Public; elected President of Farmers Bank of Big Sandy, Tenn. Nov. 4, 1909; elected as member of Tenn. State Executive Committee of Farmers’ Union Sept., 1910; member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; was alternate lay delegate to general conference of M.E. church, which met in Baltimore, Md., in 1908.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

DOWDY, James Franklin
Merchant and farmer; born near Big Sandy Oct. 13, 1858; Scotch-Irish descent; son of James Wiley and Henrietta (Bachus) Dowdy; father’s occupation farmer; paternal grandparents John and Mary (Upton) Dowdy; maternal grandparents John and Jane (Vaughn) Bachus; received common school education; began his business career as farmer and later entered the mercantile business; now engaged in the mercantile and livery business, besides having farming interests; married Lula Cooper Dec. 16, 1886; member F. & A.M. (Chapter), I.O.O.F. and K. of P.; Republican; delegate to National Republican Convention Chicago, 1908; member Presbyterian church and Superintendent Sunday School at Big Sandy, Tenn.; former Secretary of Y.M.C.A., Big Sandy; President Christian Endeavor Society.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler