Andrew Dougherty, the most charismatic of all of the makers and by far the most industrially prolific. He revolutionized the manufacture of playing cards with engineering and invention. He would become the true bridge between the old world methods and the freshly harnessed power of the second industrial revolution.
Andrew Dougherty was born on March 15, 1826, in Londonderry, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1834 with his father and mother. The family settled in New York, which would be Andrews home for the rest of his life. During his early years Dougherty had many great learning experiences, not least of which was two years at sea aboard The Bark Condor. On firm ground, he spent time under the employment of two well-known stationers and playing card makers, David Felt and David Cook. There he mastered the trade of manufacturing playing cards and before long he entered business for himself.
Known as The Cardman of New York, Dougherty made lower Manhattan his base of operations and was continually expanding there. Throughout his career, he made some of the most beautiful and industrially prolific decks of American Playing Cards. Dougherty’s Centre Street factory was a symphony of his own invention and ingenuity and would produce cards faster than any other maker in the world. This was no easy feat considering the production capacities of his direct rivals including, Samuel Hart and L I Cohen.
With rich political connections and an equally rich heart, Andrew Dougherty used his influence for the good of the people and had a hand in many important issues facing a nation at a pivotal time. He was a friend of Abraham Lincoln and a champion of Immigrant/Civil Rights and was fondly remembered in New York at the time of his death in 1901.
To Learn Andrew Dougherty’s Full History, Read - Paper Empires Vol I
Andrew Dougherty - c1900