WATER COMMISSIONER DOUGHERTY.
John Hampden Dougherty, Mayor Low’s appointee to the office of commissioner of water, gas, and electricity for Greater New York, was born in this city on December 17, 1849, and was educated in the public schools of New York and Brooklyn and the Free Academy, now the College of the City of New York, where he graduated in 1871. He enjoyed some business experience for two years before graduation, and afterwards graduated from the Columbia Law school. As a practising barrister he conducted several important cases in this city, in Brooklyn, and in outside States. He has shown great interest in civic and ballot reform, although he has never been prominent as a politician. To those connected with waterworks he is best known by his success in 1899 in obtaining a mandamus requiring the municipal assembly of New York city to authorise the issue of bonds to purchase a water plant for the borough of Brooklyn, which had been the property of the Long Island Water Supply Company. _