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James M. Cox

AKA James Middleton Cox

Born: 31-Mar-1870
Birthplace: Jacksonburg, OH
Died: 15-Jul-1957
Location of death: Kettering, OH
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, OH

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician, Publisher
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Newspaper magnate, twice Ohio Governor

His parents were farmers, but James M. Cox's brother-in-law was publisher of the Middletown Weekly Signal, and he worked there for several years. He then worked at the Cincinnati Enquirer, before being hired in 1894 as personal assistant to robber-baron-turned-Congressman Paul Sorg. With financial backing from Sorg, Cox purchased the Dayton Daily News in 1898, and seven years later he purchased the Springfield Daily News. The papers were very profitable, and Cox was a wealthy man when he went into politics, spending four rather undistinguished years in Congress. He then served three terms as Governor of Ohio, overseeing a progressive agenda that included the beginnings of his state's highway system, creation of the state's "no fault" workers' compensation, and restrictions on child labor. He was the Democratic candidate for President in 1920, with Franklin D. Roosevelt as his running mate, but they lost in a landslide to the Republicans' Warren G. Harding. Cox then returned to his newspaper empire, which eventually grew to include papers in Miami and Atlanta. After his death, Cox's family carried on his media business as Cox Enterprises.

Father: Gilbert Cox (farmer)
Mother: Eliza Andrews Cox (farmer)
Brother: Scott W. Cox (b. 1857, d. 1949)
Wife: Mayme Simpson Harding Cox (m. 1898, div. 1911, two sons)
Son: James M. Cox Jr. (d. 1974)
Son: John W. Cox
Wife: Margaretta Parler Blair Cox (b. 1890, m. 15-Sep-1917, d. 1960 smoking in bed, two daughters)
Daughter: Anne Cox Chambers (billionaire, b. 1919)
Daughter: Barbara Cox Anthony (billionaire, b. 1923, d. 2007)

    High School: Amanda High School, Amanda, OH (1886)
    Teacher: Amanda High School, Amanda, OH (1886-92)

    Governor of Ohio (1917-21)
    Governor of Ohio (1913-15)
    US Congressman, Ohio (1909-13)
    The Atlanta Constitution Owner & Publisher (1950)
    Dayton Journal & Herald Owner & Publisher (1949)
    The Atlanta Journal Owner & Publisher (1939)
    Miami News Owner & Publisher (1923)
    Springfield Daily News Owner & Publisher (1903)
    Cox Enterprises Founder & President (1898-1957)
    Dayton Daily News Owner & Publisher (1898)
    Congressional Staff Secretary to Rep. Paul Sorg (1894-97)
    The Cincinnati Enquirer Reporter (1892-94)
    Declared Martial Law
    Coma Jul-1957
    Cox Family

Author of books:
Journey through My Years (1946)

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