Early life and career Edit
Alfred Dockery was born near Rockingham, North Carolina. He attended the public schools and engaged in planting. Dockery was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1822. He was also the father of Oliver Hart Dockery, who was born in 1830. Dockery was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1835, where he advocated the liberal position "that free blacks should continue to be allowed to vote, which the convention rejected."
He then served in the North Carolina State Senate from 1836 to 1844.
Dockery was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847). He declined to be a candidate for re-election in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress, but was elected to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853). He was the unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor of North Carolina in 1854.
Later life Edit
After the Civil War, he mostly retired from public service and returned to being a planter for his remaining years. He was the National Union (Republican) candidate for governor in 1866, but he did not seek the nomination, or campaign for the position. The conservative incumbent Governor, Jonathan Worth, won the election easily amid low turnout.
Dockery died in Rockingham, Richmond County, N.C. and was interred there in the family cemetery.
See also Edit
- Fawcett, Michael J. (1986). "Alfred Dockery". NCPedia. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
- Eicher, p. 211.
- NC Governor Race 1854
- NC Governor Race 1866
- Many Excellent People: Power and Privilege in North Carolina, 1850-1900, by Paul D. Escott. p. 110.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.