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Joseph Randolph COCKERILL

(1818-1875)

COCKERILL, Joseph Randolph, a Representative from Ohio; born in Loudoun County, Va., January 2, 1818; moved to Scott Township, Adams County, Ohio, in 1837 and settled in Youngstown; attended the public schools; taught school; county surveyor in 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in West Union, Adams County, Ohio; clerk of the court of common pleas; member of the State house of representatives in 1853 and 1854; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); entered the Union Army during the Civil War and served as colonel of the Seventieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry; brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers March 13, 1865; again a member of the State house of representatives 1868-1871; resumed the practice of law; died in West Union, Ohio, October 23, 1875; interment in West Union Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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