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Doocy, Edward
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 260-263


Hon. Edward Doocy, former county judge of Pike county and a lawyer of ability, now serving as master in chancery, was born at Griggsville, Illinois, on the 19th of October, 1851. He comes of Irish lineage, his parents, James and Sarah (Tracey) Doocy, being natives of County Tipperary, Ireland, whence they emigrated to America in 1848. They made their way directly to the Mississippi valley and after about three years passed in St. Louis, came to Pike county in 1851, at which time they took up their abode in Griggsville. There the father continued to reside until his death, which occurred in 1874. His widow afterward removed to Pittsfield, where she made her home for several years, and thence removed to Springfield, where she died on March 7, 1903, aged seventy-nine years.

Judge Doocy was the eldest of seven children, five of whom are yet living. He continued his studies through successive grades of the public schools until he had graduated from the high school at Griggsville, and later he became a student in the Illinois College at Jacksonville, from which he was graduated in the class of 1871. Later he spent one year as a teacher in Griggsville, after which he entered upon the study of law in the office of Judge James Ward of his native city, and later with Hon. W. G. Ewings, then of Quincy. Admitted to the bar before the Illinois supreme court in January, 1874, he practiced for the following eight years in Griggsville, and from 1879 until 1883 was city attorney there. In 1882 he received the democratic nomination for county judge and was elected by a handsome majority, so that in December of the same year he removed to Pittsfield in order that he might be more conveniently near the court at the time of its session. Here he has since made his home; and on the expiration of his first term of four years he was re-elected in 1886 and once more in 1890, so that his incumbency covered twelve years. Since his retirement from the bench he has practiced law in Pittsfield, and is now serving as master in chancery. The favorable judgment which the world passed upon him at the outset of his career has in no degree been set aside or modified, but on the contrary, has been strengthened by the capable manner in which he has acted as counselor or advocate, and by the fearless discharge of his duty on the bench for his record as a judge was in harmony with his record as a man and a lawyer - characterized by unswerving integrity and by the masterful grasp of every problem presented for solution. In 1886 he formed a law partnership with Henry Bush under the firm name of Doocy & Bush, which was continued with marked success for several years. He has a large and distinctively representative clientage that connects him with the important litigation tried in the courts of his district. He has conducted a large number of cases through the appellate and supreme courts of Illinois, and has met with marked success in those courts.

On the 28th of December, 1886, Judge Doocy was married to Miss Clara L. Butler, of Griggsville, a daughter of E. W. Butler, one of the pioneer residents of Adams and Pike counties, who came to Illinois from Connecticut in 1835 and died in 1889. Mrs. Butler now resides in Pittsfield, with Judge and Mrs. Doocy. Judge and Mrs. Doocy had six children, one of whom died in infancy. The others are Clara Louise, Edward Butler, Elmer Tiffany, Helen Laura and Clarence Wellington. Judge and Mrs. Doocy are prominent socially and the hospitality of their pleasant home is greatly enjoyed by many friends.

In community affairs the Judge is deeply interested and his opinions have proven of value in the general work of development and upbuilding, while his co-operation has been a tangible factor in the general good. He served for a year as president of the board of trustees of Pittsfield, and was largely instrumental in organizing Pittsfield as a city. For three years he was president of the board of education, and succeeded in organizing the board of education under the general law. His attention, however, is more largely given to his law practice, and in his chosen life work he has won high encomiums from the legal fraternity and the public as well.

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