DOBBIN, James Cochrane (1814-1857)

DOBBIN, JAMES COCHRANE, (grandson of James Cochran), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Fayetteville, N.C., January 17, 1814; attended the Fayetteville Academy and the William Bingham School, Hillsboro, N.C.; was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1832; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in Fayetteville; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1846; resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of commons in 1848, 1850, and 1852, serving as speaker in 1850; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1852; Secretary of the Navy in the Cabinet of President Pierce from March 7, 1853, to March 6, 1857; died in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C., August 4, 1857; interment in Cross Creek Cemetery.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1821-1856, 16 items.
Papers and letters including a power of attorney from John Moore Dobbin to John R. Buie to act in a slave sale; a legal comment on inheritance laws; letters from David Lowry Swain and Peter Force concerning the collection of documents on the history of North Carolina; and routine correspondence from Dobbin's term as secretary of the navy.

Papers: In the Peter Force Papers, 1825-1856, 6 items.
The papers contain a letter from James Cochran Dobbin, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, written on May 31, 1856. In the letter, Dobbin conveys a suggestion made by David Swain.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: 1 letter (May 13, 1839) and 2 naval appointments (October 17, 1855, July 24, 1856).
Finding aid in repository.


Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Buffalo, NY
Papers: In the Military Papers of Thomas A. and Charles A. Budd, 1820-1862, 9 items.
The papers contain a letter from J.C. Dobbin, Navy Department on April 29, 1853, accepting the resignation of Lieut. Budd.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1853-1854, 3 items.
Letters of James C. Dobbin, 1853-1854.

Papers: In the Caleb Cushing Papers, ca. 1785-1906, 190 linear feet.
Correspondents include James C. Dobbin. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Andrew H. Foote Papers, ca. 1822-1890, 4.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include James C. Dobbin. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Stephen C. Rowan Papers, ca. 1826-1890, 0.4 linear foot.
Correspondents include James C. Dobbin. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the William D. Salter Papers, ca. 1810-1869, 0.4 linear foot.
Correspondents include James C. Dobbin. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Horace Bucklin Sawyer Papers, ca. 1812-1950, 1 linear foot.
Correspondents include James C. Dobbin. A finding aid is available in the library.


Naval War College
Newport, RI
Papers: 1853, 1 item.
A letter from James C. Dobbin, Secretary of the Navy, to U.S. Attorney P.R. Hendale written on September 6, 1853. In the letter, Dobbin writes regarding the death of Midshipman P.J. Hanson at the Pensacola Hospital on August 25.

Papers: 1856, 1 page.
A letter from James C. Dobbin signed on February 18, 1856, on Navy Department stationery assigning 3 months leave to assistant surgeon Albert Schriver of the Powhatan, Norfolk, VA.


New England Historic Genealogical Society
R Stanton Avery Special Collections Department
Boston, MA
Papers: In the William Foster Papers, 1734-1879, 3 linear feet.
Correspondents include James C. Dobbin. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1854-1857. 5 letters.
Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


North Carolina State Department of Archives and History
Raleigh, NC
Papers: In Van Hook-Holeman family papers, 1779-1922. 3 reels of microfilm (ca. 1,275 items).
Originals privately owned. Unpublished description in repository.


University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1852-1856, 6 letters.
Five letters, 1854-1856, from James C. Dobbin of North Carolina, written while he was secrretary of the U.S. Navy, about routine Marine Corps business, and one letter, 1852, from Dobbin declining to speak at a ladies literary festival in Fayetteville, N.C.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1856, 1 item.
A letter from Henry A. Wise to James C. Dobbin written on April 10, 1856. In the letter, Wise writes to Dobbin, Secretary of the Navy, recommending Henry D. Baines of Kanawah Co., Va., for a midshipman's warrant in the U.S. Navy.

  • Dobbin, James Cochrane. Speech of Mr. Dobbin, of North Carolina, on the Oregon Question. Delivered in the House of Representatives, U.S., January 15, 1846. [Washington, D.C.]: J. & G.S. Gideon, printers, [1846].
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Dobbin, of North Carolina, on the policy of the administration in regard to the public lands and the tariff. Delivered in the House ... July 7, 1846. Washington: Printed by J. & G. S. Gideon, 1846.