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Heinrich Dockweiler (1824 - April 12, 1887). Elected member of the Los Angeles Common Council (1870-1874), forerunner to the Los Angeles City Council. Patriarch of pioneering Los Angeles family when it was a pueblo.


Heinrich Dockweiler was born in Contwig near Zweibrucken, Rhennish Bavaria. Emigrated to the United States - landing in Brooklyn. Known commonly after emigration as Henry Dockweiler. He arrived in Los Angeles in 1852. Dockweiler married Margaretha Sugg in the Church of Our Lady, at the Los Angeles Plaza, on October 13, 1861. He and his wife had 4 sons: John Henry Dockweiler, Joseph Andrew Dockweiler, John Dockweiler (died in infancy), and Isidore Bernard Dockweiler (the youngest, and who would become a major legal and political figure in California history).

Dockweiler opposed to slavery and secession, was one of the first 25 people in Los Angeles to support Abraham Lincoln.

Dockweiler was interred in the old Calvary Cemetery of Los Angeles, and later reinterred in the new Calvary Cemetery (New Calvary Catholic Cemetery) in East Los Angeles.


  • Ellen A. Schneider Kay, Dr. John Baur, June 1970,The Varied Worlds of Isidore B. Dockweiler, Studies In California, University of Southern California (USC).
  • Cooper, Angus C. (1993). Dockweiler - An Adventure Becomes a Saga: From Bavaria to California (1750-2000). O.F.M..  


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