Biography of Jabez T. Cox
Tipton County, IN Biographies





JABEZ T. COX, attorney, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, on the 27th day of January, 1845; he is a son of Aaron and Mary A. Cox; his parents moved to Hamilton County, Ind., in 1850, and took up their residence on a farm between Noblesville and Westfield Jabez went first to the country schools, but finished his education at the Westfield Academy, where, in that day, a very thorough course was taught. He began teaching when oniy sixteen years of age, having when that old obtained a two years' license to teach. In 1803, he began the study of law in the office of Judge James O'Brien, of Noblesville, but shortly after entered the army as a volunteer. At the close of the war, he renewed his legal studies in the office of Judge N. R. Overman, at Tipton, and was soon admitted to the bar. In 1867, he was married to Miss Jane Price. He practiced his profession in Tipton until 1869, in which year he purchased the Fratikfort, Ind., Crescent, newspaper, which he edited until the spring of 1872, when he returned to Tipton. and formed a partnership in the practice of law with Judge Overman and Noah W. Parker. Upon the withdrawal of Mr. Parker, the firm became Overman & Cox, and so continued until 1875, when, his wife's health failing, Mr. Cox removed to Hutchinson, Kan. In 1878, he was nominated by the Democrats for Attorney General of that State, and, although he ran 28,000 votes ahead of his ticket, he was defeated by a small majority in search of health for his invalid wife, he became a resident of Canon City, Colo., in 1879, and in 1882 was the candidate of his party for District Judge, the district being composed of six counties, and notwithstanding the district was largely Republican, he was defeated by a little more than one hundred votes. His wife dying in October, 1882, Mr. Cox returned to Indiana, and is now in the successful practice of his profession at Peru; he is a thorough lawyer, and one of the most successful advocates in the State.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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