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John B. Doherty


Colonel Doherty was born in Westmoreland county, New Brunswick, Sept. 10, 1853, and was educated in a private academy at St. John, New Brunswick, and in the public schools of Waterbury. He is an accountant by profession.  

He is a member of the Quinnipiac and Republican League of New Haven, Continental Lodge, F. and A. M., and Clark Commandry, Knights Templar, of Waterbury. He also belongs to the Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Red Men, and the Waterbury Club. He has taken an active part in politics and occupied the position of first selectman in Waterbury for two years, the term of service beginning October, 1886. He was appointed postmaster under President Harrison. Colonel Doherty has also been considered as a candidate for position on the state ticket. But as colonel of the Second Regiment he has been brought into deserved prominence during the past eighteen months. In the first place his way was made from the ranks to the highest position in the command. In addition to this his management of the Second during two encampments at Niantic proved his promotion to be a meritorious one. 

He enlisted as a private in Company A of the Second, January 22, 1872, and became second lieutenant May 20, 1880. He was commissioned first lieutenant, June 2, 1882, captain, August 1, 1883, and major, February 16, 1885. January 24, 1887, he received his commission as lieutenant-colonel, and was promoted to the command of the regiment, July 1, 1889. Colonel Doherty is one of the best officers in the National Guard. Under his leadership the Second has lost none of its prestige. The wife of Colonel Doherty died Nov. 29, 1882. There are no children. He is connected with the Second Congregational society in Waterbury.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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