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Captain Leonard Doughty Jr.


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Leonard Doughty Jr.


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The biography begins with his birth, 26 April 1894 in Goldthwaite. Mills County, Texas to Leonard Doughty Sr. and Edith M. Triplett Doughty. His father, Leonard Sr. born 1865 in Loudon County, Tennessee, was the son of James Riley Doughty and Emma E. Clark Doughty. His Mother, Edith M. born 1869 in Orange County, Texas, was the daughter of Daniel Henry Triplett and Ellen E. Bivens Triplett. He had a sister, Edith May Doughty born Goldthwaite about 1892 and died after 1940 as she was listed as surviving her father in his obituary, but her exact dates of birth and death are unknown at this writing. Leonard Jr. also had two half-siblings of the same father differnet mother, Anne Blakeney 1877-1948, half-brothers Charles S. Doughty 1913-1913 and John Doughty 1910-unknown.


Mr. Leonard Doughty Sr.


photo & description The Goldthwaite Eagle 19 Feb 1898

His father was an attorney in Goldthwaite and also a poet. His mother's father was an attorney in San Saba. I don't know how Leonard Sr. and Edith met, but they married in Mills County on 16 April 1890 . Sometime after this marriage, her father, D. H. Triplett formed a partnership with his new son-in-law, Triplett & Doughty Attorneys at Law .

The junior member of the law firm of Triplett & Doughty, graduated from the law department of the state university in 1888 and has been practicing law with much success for about ten years. Besides being a lawyer of great knowledge, he is one of the best read men in this day and time. He is a man of deep thought and his contributions to the magazines are recognized by the literary world as of great value. He is also a composer of verse and some of his poems are well up to the standard of the poems of Shakespeare, Longfellow and Byron . He is about 33 years old yet has reached an eminence in his profession seldom attained by men of his years.


Col. Dan H. Triplett


photo & description The Goldthwaite Eagle 19 Feb 1898


The senior member of the law firm of Triplett & Doughty of this city, Col. Triplett has been in the practice of law for more than thirty years and during all that time has enjoyed distinction as a man of great perseverance and much learning. He located in Goldthwaite in 1887 and a few years afterwards formed a partnership with Mr. Doughty. In the fall of 1895 the firm's practice had grown to such proportions that it was necessary to have another office established at Houston in order to expedite business and attend to matters over the state more promptly and Col. Triplett took charge of the Houston office, where he is still located. He is known to nearly every man in Mills and adjoining counties and is highly esteemed.

Leonard and Edith had two children born in Goldthwaite, Edith Mary born May 1892 and Leonard Jr. on 26 April 1894 . Their mother died on 12 June 1896 in Goldthwaite and her death was only described as "very unexpected ." The children were taken in by the grandparents. First by grandmother Emma Doughty, age 60 years, in Austin, Travis County, Texas as they are reported on this 1900 census .


Leonard Jr. went to Houston in 1907 to live at the home, located at 1233 Yale Street in Houston Heights , of his grandmother and aunt and attend school the coming season . His father and step-mother moved into Houston home about 1908 . He graduated high school in Houston. Leonard Doughty Jr. who was lately appointed to be a cadet at West Point from the Eighth congressional district, left yesterday for the academy, going by steamship San Jacinto from Galveston. He will arrive In New York June 13, 1911 and will graduate from the United States Military academy four years hence with the grade of lieutenant In the United States Army. A number of friends and relatives accompanied him to Galveston to bid him Godspeed upon his Journey .

He learns of his ancestor's service in the U. S. Navy and thusly decides to request admission to the Naval academy. He was accepted and left West Point after the first year there. Leonard Doughty, Jr., of the United States naval academy, Annapolis, Md. is in the city on a visit to his parents at 1425 Cortlandt Street Houston Heights this September 14, 1914. He lately returned from a European cruise on the USS Missouri. Mr. Doughty was the winner of the bronze medal in the last intercompany contest in swordsmanship held at the academy. His ranking in "order of general merit" for the last session was 75th in a class of 258. He will return to the academy at the opening of the session September 30, 1914. The young man is a son of Mr. Leonard Doughty, formerly of Goldthwaite, and remembered by many friends here who are glad to know of his advancement and success .

Learns of his grandfather's disease. Friends in Goldthwaite of Col. D. H. Triplett of Houston have learned with sadness of his serious illness. He is suffering with Bright's disease in a severe form and his attending physician pronounces his case almost hopeless. Col. Triplett was a practicing attorney in Goldthwaite for many years and is kindly remembered by everybody. He and his family have the sincere sympathy of hundreds of people in Goldthwaite and throughout the county and we all hope that his condition is not as serious as has been reported and that he will yet be restored to health .

His grandfather died. Daniel H. Triplett, aged 71 years and well known Houston attorney, having practiced here for a number of years died early Wednesday morning at his home 928 Boulevard, Houston Heights. Although Mr. Triplett had been ill for two weeks, he was active on Tuesday and his death came unexpectedly. Mr. Triplett was first cousin to "Fighting Bob" Rear Admiral Robley D Evansevansrdpic .
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth, three sons. Armistead Triplett, division superintendent of the Missouri Kansas and Texas railway at Parsons, Kansas. Wellington Triplett of Llano, and George H. Triplett of Houston, a granddaughter Ms. Edith Doughty of Houston, and a grandson Leonard Doughty Jr., midshipman at the United States naval academy at Annapolis, Md.
Mr. Triplett came to Houston in 1895, and has practiced law here ever since. Prior to 1875 he had lived at Orange, and removed from that place to San Saba, practicing law there until1889. From San Saba he went to Goldthwaite, where he remained until 1895. Mr Triplett served throughout the war between the States in which he received wounds. He was a member of Dick Dowling camp of Confederate Veterans.
Funeral arrangements have been delayed pending word from the son in Kansas, who is expected to come to Houston with his family to be present at the funeral . Dan died of Bright's Disease January 26, 1916, his obituary in the Houston Chronicle stated: "The funeral of Dan H. Triplett, aged 71 years, prominent attorney, who died early Wednesday morning at his home, 928 Boulevard, Houston Heights, will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 O'clock from his home. Reverend T.J. Windham will conduct the service." Dan Henry Triplett was buried in lot 105, space 4 of the Everglade Meadow section of Hollywood Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Edith, his bride from the marriage in Orange in 1868, died in the same house in the heights May 21, 1926. She is buried next to her husband. They had four children: Edith, born in Orange in 1869, Daniel Henry Wellington, born in Orange in 1874, Armstead, born in 1882 and George Holman born in 1884 .

Leonard Doughty Jr. of Houston, Midshipman at the United States naval academy, has been elected captain of the academy fencing team for next year, following his brillant showing in the recent intercollegiate bouts. The academy team took 36 out of 45 bouts, the other contestants representing Yale, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Cornell and Columbia. Louis Mouquin of Columbia, the champion swordsman of America, retainedldjrfencerpic the individual championship, losing only one bout out of 15. Doughty was second, losing only two out of 15. The New York Herald of April 23, in its report of the contest, says: "Mouquin's victory was all that prevented the navy team from making a clean sweep of the championships. Showing by far the best balanced team. The navy outscored their nearest rivals, Yale, by a margin of eight bouts. Just how far the navy team excelled the rest may be understood from the fact that Leonard Doughty finished second to Mouquin with 13 bouts won out of 15; J. P. Jeter finished third with 12 victories; while M. J. White tied for fourth place with Russell of Harvard, each winning 11 bouts."
Leonard Doughty had already won the fencing championship of his class, and the Interclass championship of the advanced class in the naval academy. He spent one year at West Point, having been appointed alternate by Hon. John M. Moore. He was the only one of the three appointees to pass the examination at San Antonio for admission to the military academy. After spending the first year at West Point he procured an alternate appointment from Mr. Moore to the naval academy, and was again the only one of the three who passed. He is now in his third year at Annapolis, and from all reports will graduate toward the head of his class next year. He is 22 years of age, and was born at Goldthwaite, Texas, and reared in Houston. In addition to being chosen captain of the academy team, Doughty was elected vice president of the Intercollegiate Fencing league of America .

Leonard Doughty Jr., who finishes his four-year course at the United States naval academy this year, visited his family in Houston last week prior to leaving for Annapolis Sunday 24 September 1916. Mr. Doughty won fame last spring by taking first place on the navy fencing team, which carried off the intercollegiate championship, and he is captain of the team for the coming year. .

Leonard Doughty Jr., son of Leonard Doughty, late of Houston, and now resident of San Antonio, was born in Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas in 1894. He attended the schools of Goldthwaite, and later at Austin and Houston. While attending high school at Houston Doughty was appointed to a cadetship at West Point, where he attended during the year 1911.ldjr1917pic He procured transfer to the United States Naval Academy, and entered there in 1913, and is now in the first class, which graduates March 29, 1917. Doughty is champion fencer of the academy, and of the Intercollegiate Fencing Association, composed of the Naval Academy, Harvard, Yale, PrInceton and Pennsylvania. At the last annual contest at New York Doughty defeated the other teams by the largest percentage of any member, and was elected captain of the academy team, which office he now holds. Doughty is strictly a Texas product, and his rapid advancement is confidently looked for. He is a cousin of the late Admiral Robley D. Evans. He took the examination to enter West Point in San Antonio in 1911 .
Among the young men now enlisted in the defense of the country none will be followed with greater interest and expectancy by the people of Mills county than Leonard Doughty, Jr., who graduated from Annapolis in the later part of March 1917 and is now on duty on the battleship Utah, which is either now in European waters or soon will be. It is to the like of such splendid young men as Leonard Doughty the country must look in this terrible conflict, not only for defense, but for the honors that will make the American nation proud as long as history shall reveal the acts and characters of men . He served aboard the battleship Utah from April 2, 1917 to December 12, 1917 with the rating of Lieutenant (jg) (Temporary).

It is interesting to Mills county people to know that Leonard Doughty, Jr., is now naval instructor at Harvard University and is the only naval officer on duty there this January 1918. He spent his childhood in Goldthwaite and is remembered by all who knew him as an exceptionally intelligent boy. The great success he has attaineddoughtywwi1918 at so early an age is indeed gratifying to his friends and the friends of his father and other relatives. He is a son of Leonard Doughty, formerly of Goldthwaite and now of San Antonio and grandson of the lamented Col. Dan Triplett. . He was assigned duty at Harvard University as Naval Cadet Instructor from December 17, 1917 to March 15, 1918 with the rating of Lieutenant (Temporary).

There is honor enough for us all in the career of our splendid young men who have entered the great struggle for freedom and to preserve the integrity of civilization. The following taken from the Houston Chronicle refers to a young man who was born in Goldthwaite and spent several years of his childhood in same. We are willing that Houston should claim an interest in him, for after all he is like the other splendid young men who have gone from this and other counties. He is an American citizen. The Chronicle says: "Leonard Doughty, a young Houstonian, has probably arrived in England, from which point he will soon go to chase submarines in the North Sea. Young Doughty attended the Houston High School for a period of three years, when, at the age of sixteen, he was appointed to West Point, as second alternate, and passed the examination, winning over the principal and first alternate. After one year in West Point, he was transferred to Annapolis, from where he graduated in 1917, as an ensign. He graduated Annapolis holding the intercollegiate fencing championship of America. In July, 1917, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and in November he was placed at the head of the department of naval regulations at Harvard University where he remained, training commissioner, until March, 1918, when he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. He went to Liverpool recently to take command of an American destroyer in the North Sea. Mr. Doughty lived in Houston for the greater part of his life, before going to Annapolis, having attended the public High School at Houston. His sister, Miss Edith May Doughty, lives in Houston ."

He was assigned duty with the Destroyer Force at Queenstown, Ireland aboard the USS Sterett sterettpicfrom April 1, 1918 to November 22, 1918 with the rating of Lieutenant (Temporary). A little less than a year after her arrival at Queenstown, on 31 May 1918, Sterett was herding a convoy toward the rendezvous point when she came upon a surfaced U-boat. As Sterett closed, the submarine rapidly submerged. Sterett began dropping depth charges furiously, and air bubbles and oil soon appeared on the surface, indicating damage to the German raider. After exhausting her supply of depth charges, Sterett pursued the enemy by the U-boat's wake of bubbles and trail of oil, hoping to force her to exhaust her batteries and air supply. She continued the pursuit through the night, guided in the darkness only by the fumes of the sub's leaking oil. Finally, at dawn, the destroyer's persistence was rewarded. She sighted the U-boat on the surface about 1,000 yds ahead. Sterett sliced through the waves at top speed seeking to ram the submarine, but the U-boat countered by swinging hard to port. Sterett passed within 20 ft of the submarine and, as the U-boat attempted to dive, brought her guns to bear. However, without sufficient time to bracket their adversary, Sterett's gunners watched helplessly as the submarine slid beneath the surface and escaped. For their dogged determination, the officers and men of Sterett received the commendation of the Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Ireland. [wikipedia]

Lieutenant Leonard Doughty Jr. of the United States Navy has returned to his duties after a visit of a month to his father, Leonard Doughty, and family 135 Warwick Boulevard, having been called home from Constantinople May, 1920, on account of the illness of his father. Lieut. Doughty will not return to the East, but has procurred assignment to the new destroyer, the USS Herbert, now at Newport News. He served during the whole period of the war off the Queenstown base on the destroyer Sterett .

Following service in World War I, he was promoted to Leiutenant (jg) (Permanet) on March 30, 1920. He was a student pilot and navigator. In 1928 he was assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence Historical Section as a Lieutenant, then attended the University of Grenoble and the Sorbonne, after which he returned to the Academy as a French instructor. As gunnery officer in USS Mississippi he invented a new gun sight and spotting device, still in use by the Navy. He re-visited his old childhood home, at Goldthwaite, on 6 July, 1938, while on a road trip visiting relatives and friends . He retired from the Navy in 1939. His father died April 13, 1940 in San Antonio . He was recalled to active duty upon the outbreak of World War II, when Commodore Doughty served as commander of advance naval bases in Italy, for which he received the Legion of Merit.lompic In 1940, white serving as officer in charge of the Fleet Fire Control School in USS New Mexico, he designed a spotting board used in the training of men directing fire control. He also held the Croix de Guerre and the French Legion of Honor, the Order of the Crown of Italy, the American Defense Medal with Fleet Clasp, the African Middle Eastern Campaign and American Campaign Medals, among others. The University of Palermo awarded him an honorary degree in political science. He again retired in 1946, as Captain, and joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, later working with the International Relief Organization. Until his retirement in 1964 he was an engineer with the Maryland Roads Commission when he was one of the engineers who designed the Washington Beltway .

Captain Leonard Doughty, Jr., USN (Ret.), died at the Naval Hospital, Annapolis, following a heart attack on 8 Aug 1966. Following cremation, his ashes were scattered on the Severn River in a simple military ceremony. The Severn River is a tidal estuary 14 miles long, located in Anne Arundel County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The river enters the Chesapeake Bay near the major port city of Annapolis, also the capital of Maryland. Most famous for the United States Naval Academy campus situated at the mouth of the river, the Severn provides an access point to the Chesapeake Bay not just for midshipmen but also for fishermen and pleasure boaters .

Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans


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Fencer Team Captain Leonard Doughty, Jr.


Photo & description The Houston Post Sunday 30 April 1916.

Midshipman Leonard Doughty, Jr.


Photo & description The San Antonio Express Thursday 29 March 1917.

Lieutenant Leonard Doughty, Jr.


Photo of Texas WW1 U.S. Navy Service Record 1913-1920.

USS Sterett DD-27


WW1 deployment Queensland, Ireland Destroyer Force