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Robert Lee DOUGHTON

(1863-1954)

DOUGHTON, Robert Lee, a Representative from North Carolina; born at Laurel Springs, Alleghany County, N.C., on November 7, 1863; was educated in the public schools at Laurel Springs and Sparta; engaged in agricultural pursuits and the raising of livestock at Laurel Springs; also interested in banking; member of the State board of agriculture 1903-1909; served in the State senate in 1908 and 1909; director of the State prison board 1909-1911; president of the Deposit & Savings Bank, North Wilkesboro, N.C., since 1911; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and to the twenty succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1911-January 3, 1953); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Ways and Means (Seventy-third through Seventy-ninth Congresses and Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses), Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952; returned to Laurel Springs, N.C., where he died October 1, 1954; interment in Laurel Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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