Jacob Dolson Cox

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Birthday
27, 1828
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Aug 4, 1900 (71)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
27, 1828
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Aug 4, 1900 (71)

About

Remembered best for his service as United States Secretary of the Interior (from 1869 until 1870) and as twenty-eighth Governor of Ohio (from 1866 until 1868), this nineteenth-century politician was also a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Before Fame

He earned a theology degree from Oberlin College and subsequently became an Ohio-based school superintendent and attorney.

Trivia

In the years leading up to the Civil War, he served in the Ohio State Senate, where he allied himself with then-Senator James A. Garfield.

Family Life

Born to American parents temporarily living in Montreal, Canada, he spent the bulk of his youth in New York City. His marriage to Helen Clarissa Finney resulted in eight children, including artist Kenyon Cox.

Associated With

During his tenure as Ohio governor, Cox opposed suffrage for African Americans and supported President Andrew Johnson's plan for post-Civl War Reconstruction.