Jacob Dolson Cox

NAME: Jacob Dolson Cox

BORN: October 27, 1828


(born, Montreal, Canada)
moved, taught...Oberlin, Ohio (Lorain County)
moved...Warren, Ohio (Trumbull County)

EDUCATION:graduated, Oberlin College

GOVERNORSHIP: 28th governor, 1866 - 1868, one term

DIED:August 4, 1900, Magnolia, Massachusetts


Cox was an educator and lawyer by training.

Cox lived and taught at Oberlin College. He married college President Finney's daughter, but fell out of favor with him over disagreements in theological doctrine. Leaving Oberlin, he worked for a time as superintendent of Warren, Ohio schools.

Cox was admitted to the bar in 1853 and started a practice soon after.

He served during the Civil War as a general, starting out as a brigadier but eventually being promoted to major general. He commanded field units at the Battle of Antietam, and in the Atlanta, Nashville, and Franklin campaigns. Later in life, Cox became known as a military historian, publishing a number of volumes on the Civil War.

Running for governor, Cox opposed African American's having the right to vote. He even promoted seperating the races in the South, even going so far as establishing "negro reservations." This is curious considering that before the war his thinking was more in line with abolitionists of the Western Reserve.

After his term as governor, Cox moved to Toledo and served one term in congress representing that district.