Oliver H. Dockery

Oliver Hart Dockery (* August 12, 1830 in Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina, † March 21, 1906 in Baltimore, Maryland ) was an American politician. Between 1868 and 1871 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Oliver Dockery was the son of Congressman Alfred Dockery ( 1797-1875 ). He attended the common schools and then the Wake Forest College. Subsequently, he studied until 1848 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dockery also studied law, but does not work as a lawyer. Instead, he was engaged in farming and in politics. In the years 1858 and 1859 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. At the beginning of the Civil War he was a member of the army of the Confederacy for a short time. But he soon retired from the army and became a supporter of the Union. After the war he became a member of the Republican Party.

After the re- admission of the State of North Carolina to the Union Dockery was the third election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 13 July 1868. After a re-election, he could remain until March 3, 1871 Congress. From 1869 to 1871 he was chairman of the Committee on the Freedmen 's Bureau. 1870, the 14th Amendment was ratified; In the same year Oliver Dockery was not re-elected.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he again worked in agriculture. In 1875 he was a member of a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of North Carolina. In 1888, Oliver Dockery ran for the governorship of North Carolina, but was defeated by Democrat Daniel Gould Fowle with 47:52 percent of the vote. Between 1889 and 1893 he was American consul in Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil). Then he continued his agricultural activities; He also competed as a candidate of the Populist Party in 1896 unsuccessfully for the office of Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. He died on 21 March 1906 in Baltimore.