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|The Edward Black Daugherty Story|
Edward Black Daugherty was born in New Sewickley Township, today known as Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania, on October 22, 1832.
Samuel B. Wilson’s law office where Mr. Daugherty studied law.
On June 4, 1860 Mr. Daugherty was admitted to the Beaver County Bar Association. He partnered in the law office with Samuel B. Wilson while still living on his father’s farm in Pulaski Township.
In 1867 Mr. Daugherty purchased Lot 397 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, from Ross B. Evans, and set up his first law office.
As his practice continued to flourish and his office space proved too small, Mr. Daugherty began to look for office space closer to the courthouse in Beaver, Pennsylvania.
On October 1, 1868, he purchased Lot number 59, bound on the north by Corporation Alley, east by Lot number 60, south by Second Street and west by Market Street in Beaver, Pennsylvania.
Samuel Wilson, law partner and mentor of Edward B. Daugherty
Mr. Daugherty moved his law practice from New Brighton to Beaver in 1869. His office was a one story wood structure facing Market Street. Located on the same lot was his eight-room house that faced Corporation Alley.
Children of Charles & Mary Green
Samuel, age 17; Mary Nina, age 12 & Mary Kathryn, age 4
Her early education was at the Beaver Female Seminary. Later her education was secured with study and travel throughout Europe. She was a musician, artist, and linguist of note, and was known for her many graces of mind and manner. She graduated from Mt. de Chantal Seminary, at Wheeling, West Virginia.
Mary Daugherty Green with her daughters, Mary Nina, left, and Mary Kathryn, right, at Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1931
Mary became the bride of Charles F. Green, of Baltimore, Maryland. They were wed in a quiet ceremony at the parochial residence of St. Paul’s Cathedral and made their residence in Baltimore.
In 1873, Mr. Daugherty was by honored by being the only Beaver County attorney listed in the Directory of the Merchants Law & Collection Association. The directory gives the name of one of the leading attorneys in nearly every county of the United States.
Marker at the Daugherty Cemetery, Daugherty Township, Pennsylvania, on land donated by Edward Daugherty, grandfather of E.B. Daugherty, in 1801.
On March 31, 1888 The First National Bank of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, was established. The bank was located in the Anderson Block in downtown New Brighton. Mr. Daugherty was appointed president with the Honorable John M. Buchanan, vice president and Edward J. Allison, cashier.
Mr. & Mrs. Daugherty sailed from London, England, to the United States aboard the passenger ship Eturia in 1888.
It was on Saturday, June 23, 1888, Mr. Daugherty, accompanied by his wife, Mary, left for London, England, on bank business. When they arrived in port on July 13, 1888, they applied for emergency passports so they could travel freely throughout Europe.
After an enjoyable and successful trip, they boarded the passenger ship Etruria in Liverpool, England, on August 27, 1888, and sailed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before returning to their home in Beaver.
It was on January 17, 1889 that Mr. Daugherty was told of the death of his closest friend and mentor, Samuel B. Wilson.
On the occasion of his funeral, Michael Weyand, Esq., one of the oldest and ablest editors of Western Pennsylvania, paid a touching tribute to the memory of the deceased in the columns of his paper, from which the following extract is taken:
"'His death creates a void in this community, and throughout the county, not easily if ever filled. He will be greatly missed as a legal preceptor, missed in his office, in the courtroom, on the street, in meetings of public interest, and in the Masonic Order of which he had long been a conspicuous figure. Take him all in all, as citizen, neighbor, friend, honorable opponent, close student, learned in the law, powerful and successful before a jury, those of us who have been his companions, associates and acquaintances for a long series of years, will hardly ever look upon his like again.”
Samuel B. Wilson
Mr. Daugherty was asked by Samuel’s widow to give the eulogy, an honor he quickly accepted. He talked about his mentor’s oratorical talents both on public and private occasions. He made it clear that Mr. Wilson never ranted or was loud but could get the point across in a calm thoughtful manner.
Word spread quickly throughout the community and among his classmates of the horrific accident. Shocked friends acknowledged that it is apart of the eternal decree, that the old must die, but Samuel was so young, so full of spirit and just taking his first steps into manhood.
McCartney Library, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
According to records found by archival librarian Kae Kirkwood, Samuel was enrolled as a student in the Eclectic Department at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1890. Samuel was on his way to being one of the graduating class of 1894, with a bright and promising future.
The December issue of The Geneva Cabinet told the details of the horrific accident. Samuels’ classmates wrote the following Resolutions of sympathy on his death that appeared on page ten in the same issue:
Poem by Mrs. Daugherty penned after her son's death.
WHEREAS, It has pleased God in his Providence to call from our midst our fellow student; and
WHEREAS, Such unexpected events are ever shrouded in mystery and freighted with sorrow, and must awake the sympathies of all. Be it
Resolved, First, that in the death of Mr. Daugherty we loose [sic] a school-mate for whom great success was awaiting, had he been spared to enjoy the full course of instruction and association that would have become with the work he had begun.
Second, That in him we lose one whose kindly nature had endeared to all those with whom he was intimately acquainted, and who thus had opportunity of knowing the merits of his character.
Third, That as students of this college we realize that this call has a meaning for each one of us, showing the shortness and uncertainty [sic] of life, and the need of living conscientiously and honestly, if we would be prepared to meet a similar call when such shall come to us.
Fourth, That we would commend the bereaved parents and sisters, in the midst of their sorrows, to Him who doeth all things well, who alone can mitigate the grief and teach to read aright the hidden mercies of his Providence.
A poem written by Mrs. Daugherty, that appeared in the local newspaper a week after her son’s death, details a mother’s anguish over losing a child and how her faith comforted her at a time of such sorrow and grief.
This was the first time Attorney Daugherty lost a defense case in his 31 years of practice.
Edward Black Daugherty in 1895
That was the headline in the News Tribune on April 1, 1896 that announced the sudden death of Mr. Daugherty, the well-known 65 years old attorney.
Mr. Daugherty was known for being one of the best lawyers in the county during his tenure of over 35 years. He was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Although a man of a large practice and wealth, he was very eccentric, both in manner and dress, and was a notable figure everywhere he went.
LIFELONG FRIENDS DIE ON SAME DAY
Mrs. Mary Daugherty, 81 years old, widow of the late Edward B. Daugherty, noted Beaver attorney, died at 8:45 this morning in Providence Hospital, Beaver Falls, death was due to pneumonia.