The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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term in the 40th Congress, (1867) over Thomas C. Fuller, and re-elected to the 41st Congress, 1869-71. He was a candidate for the next Congress, but was defeated by A. M. Waddell.

        Col. Dockery has been twice married; his present wife is a daughter of the late Judge Settle, and sister of Judge Settle, of the U. S. District Court in Florida.

        He was the Republican candidate for Congress in 1882, before the people of the State at large, and was defeated by Judge Risden T. Bennett, by a small majority.

        Gov. Joseph Roswell Hawley is a native of Richmond County; born Oct. 31st, 1826; removed to Connecticut in 1837; graduated at Hamilton College, New York in 1847; read law and was editor of the "Hartford Evening Press," in 1857; entered the army in 1861 as Captain in the 1st Reg. Connecticut Volunteers; attained the rank of Brigadier, and was brevetted Major-General. In 1866 was elected Governor of Connecticut; President of the National Republican Convention in 1868, and was elected a member of the 42nd Congress, (1873,) and re-elected to the 43rd and 46th Congresses. He was made President of the Centennial Commission in 1876.

        Walter Leak Steele, was born April 18th, 1823, at Steele's Mills on Little River in the northwestern part of Richmond County. His father was Thomas Steele, who was a Member of the House of Commons, and his mother was Judith Mosely Leak. His paternal grandfather came to this country from England, near Carlisle, in the army of Lord Cornwallis and surrendered at Yorktown. He settled first in Granville, where he was married and thence removed, successively to Montgomery and Richmond; in the latter County he died. His maternal grandfather was Walter Leak, who was born in Buckingham County, Va., but removed with his father to Anson County, a few years prior to the war of the Revolution and settled on the Peedee river. He was a rebel soldier in that war. The subject of this sketch, after attending the ordinary country schools, until he was fourteen years old, went to the Preparatory Department, at Randolph Macon College, then located at Boydton, Va. After entering college and remaining but part of a session, he left and matriculated at Wake Forest College. He remained there but one session, and in January 1840, entered the Freshman class at Chapel Hill, at which place he graduated in June 1843, with the second distinction; but for what he thought a slight violation of college law, but which the Faculty viewed, no doubt properly, in a different light, causing his exodus from the Institution, he would have graduated in 1843. Three months after leaving college he was married to Harriet A. Crawford the youngest daughter of Thomas Crawford of Paris, Tennessee.

        In 1846, after a bitter personal contest, he was elected to the House of Commons from the County of Richmond, re-elected in 1848 and 1850. In 1852 he was Senator from Richmond and Robeson. In 1854, was again a member of the House. In 1856, having determined to support Mr. Buchanan for the Presidency, regarding the contest as solely between the Democrats and the Republicans, which latter party had absorbed the Whig Party, at the North. He was a candidate for the Senate, and defeated by Gen. Alfred Dockery. In 1858, he was again a candidate, and elected. In 1861, he was the Principal Secretary of the Convention which passed the ordinance of secession, or separation, as it is called in the journals of that body. He was for a short time in the army, as a private in the 3d Regt. of State troops, but never in any engagement. He offered to raise a cavalry company, but the tender was refused by Gen. Holmes. His wife having
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