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.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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