James Cochran (North Carolina)

James Otis Cochran (* 1767 in Person County, North Carolina, † April 7, 1813 in Roxboro, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1809 and 1813 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Cochran was the grandfather of James C. Dobbin (1814-1857), who was from 1853 to 1857 Secretary of the Navy of the United States and previously Congressman from North Carolina. He attended the common schools and worked near Helena in agriculture. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic- Republican Party.

Between 1802 and 1806 Cochran deputy in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In 1807 he was elected to the State Senate. In the congressional elections of 1808 he was in the ninth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Marmaduke Williams on March 4, 1809. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1813 two legislative sessions. In this time of the beginning of the British -American war fell.

James Cochran died on April 7, 1813, about five weeks after his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives, in Roxboro.