CS Con -Dortch, William Theophilus Jr. - C.S. Senator, NC

William Theophilus Dortch Jr.:
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Born: August 23, 1824
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Birthplace: Nash County North Carolina
Father: William Theophilus Dortch Sr. 1786 – 1830
Mother: Druscilla Whitefield Bunn 1784 – 1878

1st​ Wife: Mary Elizabeth Pittman 1827 – 1870
(Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery Goldsboro North Carolina)

2nd​ Wife: Harriet Williams 1844 – 1928
(Buried: Grace Episcopal Church Berryville Virginia)

Children:
Private Harrod Pittman Dortch 1846 – 1915
(Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery Goldsboro North Carolina)
Corinne R. Dortch 1848 – 1926
(Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery Goldsboro North Carolina)
Isaac Foote Dortch 1849 – 1910
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery Raleigh North Carolina)
Lewis Jackson Dortch 1855 – 1856
(Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery Goldsboro North Carolina)
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Annie Laurie Dortch Hill 1860 – 1931
(Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery Goldsboro North Carolina)
William Theophilus Dortch III 1862 – 1918
(Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery Goldsboro North Carolina)
Fitzhugh Lee Dortch 1866 – 1951
(Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery Goldsboro North Carolina)
Helen Williams Dortch 1877 – 1922
(Buried: Grace Episcopal Church Berryville Virginia)
Selene Wilmer Dortch 1883 – 1962
(Buried: Grace Episcopal Church Berryville Virginia)



Political Party: Democratic Party


Occupation before War:

1845 – 1848: Attorney in Nashville North Carolina
1848 – 1861: Attorney in Goldsboro North Carolina
1852 – 1861: Member of North Carolina House of Commons
1860 – 1861: Speaker of North Carolina House of Commons

Civil War Career:
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Senator from North Carolina
1862 – 1865: Member of Senate Accounts Committee
1862 – 1865: Member of Senate Commerce Committee
1862 – 1864: Member of Senate Naval Affairs Committee
1863 – 1865: Senate Chairman of Engrossment and Enrollment Committee
Friend of Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin
Acted as intermediary between Secretary Benjamin and Gov. Vance
Supporter of all major programs designed to strengthen Confederacy
Wished to pay better prices for impressed produce
Supporter to guarantee the habeas corpus when military status in question.
Supporter of making inflation curbs a little less arbitrary
His suggestions were made to keep production and state government in satisfactory operation.
North Carolina’s strongest opponent of peace negotiations

Occupation after War:
Emerged from the war almost bankrupt
His law library was lost and much of his property destroyed when Sherman’s army occupied Goldsboro.
Attorney in Goldsboro North Carolina
1879 – 1885: North Carolina State Senator
1879: President of North Carolina State Senate
Director of North Carolina State Owned Railroad
Chairman of Commission to revised the North Carolina Code
1889: Suffered from the effects of a stroke


Died:
November 21, 1889
Place of Death: Goldsboro North Carolina
Age at time of Death: 65 years old
Burial Place: Willow Dale Cemetery Goldsboro North Carolina
 
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