Dougharty, George

Dougharty, George, a Methodist Episcopal minister of the South Carolina Conference. The date of his birth is wanting. He entered the itinerancy in 1798, was presiding elder 1802-6, became superannuate in 1807, and died March 23, 1807, at Wilmington, N.C. Mr. Dougharty was one of the greatest preachers of his Conference. His mind and memory were capacious; he had a large fund of knowledge, was indefatigable in labor and study, and "totally dead to the world." He was far in advance of his associates with regard to education, and labored in 1803 to establish a Methodist academy in South Carolina. In 1801 he was attacked by a mob, gathered in the interest of slavery in Charleston. They dragged him to a pump, and pumped water on him till he was nearly exhausted, when a heroic woman interfered and kept the mob at bay till help arrived and saved him from probable death. — Stevens, History of the Methodist Episcopal Church, volumes 3 and 4; Minutes of Conferences, 1:155, Deems, Annals of Southern Methodism, page 228; Sprague, Annals, 7:290.

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