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William Elijah COX

(1861-1942)

COX, William Elijah, a Representative from Indiana; born on a farm near Birdseye, Dubois County, Ind., September 6, 1861; attended the common and high schools of Huntingburg and Jasper, Ind.; was graduated from Lebanon University, Tenn., in 1888 and from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1889; was admitted to the bar July 10, 1889, and commenced practice at Rockport, Spencer County, Ind., moving to Jasper, Ind., later in the same year; prosecuting attorney for the eleventh judicial district of Indiana 1892-1898; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1919); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Sixty-second Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law and also was engaged with a desk-manufacturing company, serving as president at the time of his death; died in Jasper, Ind., March 11, 1942; interment in Fairmount Cemetery, Huntingburg, Ind.

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

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