Benton County


Dr. Lew Wallace Dougherty, a veteran of the World war, is one of the foremost members of the dental profession in Camden. A native of Tennessee, his birth occurred in Marshall county on the 7th of March, 1893, a son of Joseph Clark and Lula (Wallace) Dougherty, likewise natives of this state. Both paternal and maternal grandfathers fought in defense of the Confederacy during the Civil war. Joseph Clark Dougherty died in 1898, after a life of successful achievement. His widow survives him.

The public schools of Marshall county afforded Lew Wallace Dougherty his preliminary education and subsequently he entered the Massey Military Academy, now the Pulaski Military Academy. Later he anrolled in the dental department of Vanderbilt University, from which institution he was graduated with the D. D. S. degree in 1914. Dr. Dougherty immediately opened offices in Waverly for the practice of his profession and remained there until the fall of 1914, when he came to Camden. Upon the entrance of the United States into the World war the Doctor was one of the first to put all personal interests aside and in August, 1917, he enlisted in Battery E. He went with that battery to Nashville and thence to Camp Sevier, Greenville, South Carolina, where he remained until the 20th of May, 1918, when he was sent to Camp Mills, New York. On the 26th of May he sailed for England and landed at Liverpool in June. He crossed the channel to Southampton and then went into France being sent to Camp Coetquidan for six weeks intensive training. The last of August he was ordered to the front of the St. Mihiel sector, then to Argonne, and then to south of Verdena to a defensive sector. On the 6th of March, 1919, he was transferred to the Three Hundred and Forty-first Field Artillery, Eighty-first Division, in Spicha, Germany. He was promoted to the rank of captain on the 22d of February. On the 18th of May, 1919, he sailed from Brest, France, and landed at New York on the 27th of that month. He was then sent to Chattanooga, where he received his honorable discharge on the 17th of June [p.394] He immediately returned to Camden, resumed his practice and is enjoying an extensive and important patronage.

At Camden on the 3d of June, 1916, was celebrated the marriage of Dr. Dougherty to Miss Maude Weatherly, a daughter of Joseph J. and Nellie (Hamer) Weatherly, both of whom are deceased. Her father was a merchant of much prominsnce. The paternal grandfather, Judge Joseph Weatherly, and the maternal grandfather, Augustus Hamer, were both natives of Tennessee and served in defense of the Confederacy throughout the Civil war.

The political allegiance of the Doctor is given to the democratic party, as he has firm belief in the principles of that party as factors in good government. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church. Fraternally he is identified with Psi Omega, a dental fraternity. Dr. Dougherty is an active member of the American Legion, being Post Commander of Lockhart Garner Post.

Contributed by Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 4