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Dorothy Rockwell "Dot" Burnley (February 27, 1927 – April 19, 2016) was an American businesswoman and politician.

Born in High Point, North Carolina, Burnley graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke, Virginia. She went to Hollins College from 1944 to 1946. Burnley was in the furniture business. From 1981 to 1985, Burnley served in the North Carolina House of Representatives and was a Republican. Burnley died in Kingston, New York where she had been living with her family for fifteen years.[1][2]


  1. ^ 'North Carolina Manual 1983,' North Carolina Secretary of State: 1983, Biographical Sketch of Dorothy Rockwell Burnley, pg. 321
  2. ^ 'Former legislator, female political pioneer Burnley dies,' The High Point Enterprise, Paul B. Johnson, April 29, 2016 (subscription needed)