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Laurel Springs in Alleghany County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Robert L. Doughton

1863–1954

 
 
Robert L. Doughton Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
1. Robert L. Doughton Marker
Inscription. Congressman, 1911–1953. Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee 1833–1947. 1949–1953. Home 2/10 miles southeast.
 
Erected 1987 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number M-34.)
 
Location. 36° 24.747′ N, 81° 15.828′ W. Marker is in Laurel Springs, North Carolina, in Alleghany County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 18 and State Highway 88, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 18. Touch for map. It is across from the post office. Marker is in this post office area: Laurel Springs NC 28644, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ore Knob Mine (approx. 3.8 miles away); Robert Lee Doughton (approx. 5.1 miles away); Rufus A. Doughton (approx. 10.2 miles away); Asa Gray (approx. 11.4 miles away); North Carolina / Virginia (approx. 15.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is in Alleghany County but his home 0.2 miles away is in Ashe County.
 
Regarding Robert L. Doughton. His home is now a Bed and Breakfast.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. Robert
Robert L. Doughton Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
2. Robert L. Doughton Marker
This view is south. Highway 18 is on the left, Highway 88 begins here to the right.
Lee "Bob" Doughton (November 7, 1863 – October 1, 1954), of Alleghany County, North Carolina, sometimes known as "Farmer Bob," was a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina for 42 consecutive years (1911–1953). A Democrat originally from Laurel Springs, North Carolina, he was the Dean of the United States House of Representatives for his last few months in Congress. He is the longest-serving member ever of the United States House of Representatives from the state of North Carolina. ...

Doughton was for 18 years (1933–1947 and 1949–1953) the Chairman of the powerful U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and as such he co-sponsored, held hearings on, and oversaw the passage of the Social Security Act in 1935. Doughton was also instrumental in the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, America's most-traveled scenic highway. The largest park and recreational area on the parkway is named in his honor. Doughton is also known for introducing the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which effectively served as a federal ban on marijuana prohibition in the United States in lieu of federal authority to directly regulate medicines or drugs. (Submitted on June 23, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
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Another View of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
3. Another View of the Marker
Robert Lee Doughton, Member of Congress 1911 to 1953 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
4. Robert Lee Doughton, Member of Congress 1911 to 1953
Bronze is on the courthouse lawn 10 miles north in Sparta.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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