Thomas Bocock
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-5)
Date of Birth: 1815
Date of Death: 1891
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Lawyer
Spouse: Sarah Patrick Flood ( 1849)
Annie Holmes Faulker
Children: Six
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Virginia,
Confederate States Representative from Virginia,
Speaker of the Confederate House of Representatives
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States

Thomas Salem Bocock (May 18, 1815 – August 5, 1891) was a 19th century politician and lawyer from Virginia. After serving as an antebellum United States Congressman, he was the Speaker of the Confederate States House of Representatives during most of the American Civil War. He was in office from 1862-1865, the only holder of that office.

Thomas Bocock in The Guns of the South[]

Thomas Bocock was a member of the Confederate States House of Representatives from a Virginia district and re-elected House Speaker after the election of 1867. As such, he presided over a joint session where President Robert E. Lee addressed the members in support of the Legislation Regulating the Labor of Certain Inhabitants of the Confederate States, that is to emancipate the Negro slaves.

After Lee had finished speaking, Senator Louis T. Wigfall rose to speak in respectful opposition. Bocock refused to recognize him, stating that it was a special session to allow the President to address both bodies and that Wigfall would have ample opportunity to make his opinion known when the Senate debated the measure.

Lee once reflected that if he were to die in office or be otherwise removed from the presidency prematurely, Bocock would be his successor. The elected Vice President, Albert G. Brown, had been murdered mere minutes after his term began, and there was no mechanism for filling a vacancy in that office.

Political offices
Preceded by
New office
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Confederate States
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
New office
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Confederate States
Succeeded by
Incumbent at novel's end, 1868