Charles F. Dougherty

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Charles F. Dougherty
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byJoshua Eilberg
Succeeded byJoseph Kolter
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 2, 1973 – January 15, 1979[1]
Preceded byHerbert McGlinchy
Succeeded byJames Lloyd
ConstituencyPart of Philadelphia
Personal details
Born (1937-06-26) June 26, 1937 (age 82)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Charles Francis Dougherty (born June 26, 1937) is an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district from 1979 to 1983.

Early life and education[edit]

Dougherty was born in Philadelphia and attended St. Helena's School. He graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1955. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1957-77 (active duty, 1959–62). He graduated from St. Joseph's College with a B.S. degree in 1959 and did graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania from 1962-64. He worked as a high school teacher from 1962-65. In 1965 to 1966 he was a special agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence, Department of the Navy. He conducted additional graduate work at Temple University in 1967. He was assistant dean of the Community College of Philadelphia from 1966–70, and a high school principal from 1970-72.[2]


He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 5th district from 1972-79.[3]

Dougherty was elected in 1978 and reelected in 1980 as a Republican to the 96th and 97th United States Congresses. In 1978, he defeated Joshua Eilberg who was indicted on charges for money he took while arranging a $14.5 million Federal grant to a Philadelphia hospital.[4]

He was defeated in 1982 by State Representative Robert Borski after his district was renumbered as the 3rd District. He ran against Borski again in 1992, 1998 and 2000, and was defeated each time.[citation needed]

To date, Dougherty is the last Republican to represent a Philadelphia-based district in Congress. He would be the last Republican to represent any portion of Philadelphia in the House until the 2000 Census resulted in the Bucks County-based 8th District absorbing a small portion of Philadelphia.


  1. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1979-1980" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - Charles F Dougherty Biography". Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). ""Senate Members "D"". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  4. ^ "5 Accused of Wrongdoing Re-elected to Congress". Retrieved 16 February 2019.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joshua Eilberg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph Kolter
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Herbert McGlinchy
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 5th District
Succeeded by
James Lloyd