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In this continuing series of biographical sketches of members of the state legislature, Lucas discusses Rufus A. Doughton, who represented Alleghany County in the General Assembly. He has also served as State Revenue Commissioner and as a member of the State Advisory Budget Commission.
North Carolina has produced some famous brothers, such as the Vances, Kitchens, and the Daniels, but none can match the Doughton brothers from Sparta in Alleghany County who have rendered their state longer service than they have. Rufus Doughton had a long career in the North Carolina General Assembly, served as Speaker of the House and Lieutenant-Governor, and in other capacities such as State Highway Commissioner. Robert was Democratic Party leader and has been in Congress since 1911.