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DOX, Peter Myndert

1813–1891

Biography

DOX, Peter Myndert, (grandson of John Nicholas), a Representative from Alabama; born in Geneva, Ontario County, N.Y., September 11, 1813; attended Geneva Academy and was graduated from Hobart College at Geneva in 1833; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Geneva, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1842; judge of the Ontario County Courts from November 1855 until his resignation on March 18, 1856; moved to Alabama in the same year and settled in Madison County; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State constitutional convention in 1865; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); retired from public life; died in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., April 2, 1891; interment in Maple Hill Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: 1869, 1 item. A letter from Peter Myndert Dox to Thomas Banks Cabaniss written on October 31, 1869. In the letter, Peter Dox discusses Reconstruction issues, including Peter Dox's conduct and voting as a Democrat in Congress, and his opposition to the appointment of blacks to positions in the U.S. House of Representatives by the Doorkeeper. Other subjects covered include Peter Dox's cousin Cornelius Wendell (a lobbyist), the U.S. postal service, and the U.S. Circuit Court in Huntsville, Alabama.
Papers: In the Ulysses S. Grant Papers, 1868-1874, 12 items. Includes a letter written in 1872 from Peter Dox to Ulysses S. Grant concerning a proposed Atlantic-Mississippi canal.
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