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DOBBIN, James Cochrane, statesman, born in Fayetteville, N. C., in 1814; died there, 4 August 1857. He was graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1832, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1835, and practiced in Fayetteville. He was elected to congress from North Carolina as a Democrat, and served from 1 December 1845, till 3 March 1847. He was a member of the state legislature in 1848'52, and chosen speaker in 1850. He was a member of the Democratic national convention at Baltimore in 1852, and appointed secretary of the navy by President Pierce, serving from 7 March 1853, until 6 March 1857.
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