The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Cox, Jacob Dolson

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COX, Jacob Dolson, American statesman and soldier: b. Montreal, 27 Oct. 1828; d. Magnolia, Mass., 4 Aug. 1900. He was graduated at Oberlin in 1851 and became a lawyer; but upon the outbreak of the Civil War was made brigadier-general of Ohio Volunteers. In 1862 he became major-general of the United States Volunteers, and in 1864 commanded a division at Nashville. At the close of the war he resigned his command and entered the practice of law in Cincinnati. He was elected governor of Ohio in 1865, and in 1869 became Secretary of the Interior in President Grant's Cabinet until 1870 when he resigned. In 1873 he became president of the Wabash Railroad and removed to Toledo to take charge of his new work. He was representative to Congress from October 1877 to March 1879. The University of North Carolina and Davison University, Ohio, conferred on him the degree of LL.D. He has published ‘Atlanta’; ‘The March to the Sea’; ‘Franklin and Nashville’; ‘The Battle of Franklin.’