William Theophilus Dortch
|Confederate States Senator
from North Carolina
February 18, 1862 – May 10, 1865
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
August 23, 1824|
Nash County, North Carolina, U.S.
|Died||November 21, 1889
Goldsboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Early life 
Dortch was born August 23, 1824 to William Dortch and his wife, Drusilla at his father's plantation, situated in Nash County, North Carolina about 5 miles from the town of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Family Life 
Political career 
During the Civil War, Dortch served as a senator from North Carolina in the First Confederate Congress and the Second Confederate Congress (from 1862 to 1865). During his term, Dortch was accused of sexual improprieties with a minor, but was exonerated after an investigation.
After the war, he again served in the legislature, first in the North Carolina House of Representatives, and then in the North Carolina Senate from 1879 to 1885. He was President pro tempore of that body from 1881 to 1883.
Death and burial 
- Warner, Jr., Ezra J. (1975), Biographical Register of the Confederate Congress, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, p. 853.
- Strong, Robert C. (1916), North Carolina Reports, Volume 171, Raleigh, North Carolina: State of North Carolina, p. 842.
- Strong, Robert C. (1916), North Carolina Reports, Volume 171, Raleigh, North Carolina: State of North Carolina, p. 853.
- Warner, Jr., Ezra J. (1975), Biographical Register of the Confederate Congress, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, p. 80.
|Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives
|President pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate
|Confederate States Senate|
|New constituency||Confederate States Senator (Class 2) from North Carolina
Served alongside: George Davis, Edwin Reade, William Graham