A Powerful Politician
In 1845 Thomas Bocock served as Appomattox County's first commonwealth attorney. Thomas was later elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1847. He served in the house for an impressive seven times! Thomas resigned from the house in 1861 when Virginia seceded from the Union.
Serving During and After the War
Even though Virginia succeeded, Thomas was not done with politics. In 1862 he was elected Speaker of the Confederate House of Representatives. Thomas was a popular speaker. He built a prosperous law practice and resided at the Bocock family home in Vera, Virginia, only a few miles from Appomattox Court House.