Charles A. Cox. - Prominent in the business and civic life of Hannibal is Charles A. Cox, lumber dealer. He
was born at Hannibal, Nov. 25, 1872, the son of John A. and Emily (Pearce) Cox.
John A. Cox was born at Elbridge, Onondaga County, N. Y. He lived at Hannibal most of his life and engaged in the
general mercantile business for a time with W. R. Cox. Later, he opened a coal, lumber, grain and seed store there
and was actively identified with that enterprise at the time of his death. He served for many years as justice
of the peace, school director, and member of the village board. Mr. Cox died in 1907 and his wife died in 1877.
Both are buried in Fairdale Cemetery, near Hannibal. Throughout his life Mr. Cox was a Republican. Mr. and Mrs.
Cox had only one child, Charles A., the subject of this sketch.
Charles A. Cox attended the public schools of Hannibal and also was a student at Oswego State Normal School. In
early life he became identified with his father's coal and lumber business. A Mr. Rice was associated with them
and the firm of Cox & Rice continued after the death of the elder Mr. Cox. After nine years Mr. Cox sold his
interests to his partner and at that time established an automobile business at Harmibal, being the local agent
for the Dodge automobile. He was associated with his brother in law and the firm was conducted as H. A. Hewitt
& Company. Later, Mr. Cox became sole proprietor of the enterprise and after one year as such he sold out and
resumed his former interests with the lumber and seed business, which had been owned by Mr. Rice. Mr. Cox was one
of the organizers of the Hannibal Telephone Company and served as its president for a number of years.
In 1909 Mr. Cox was united in marriage with Miss Lena Hewitt, of Sterling, the daughter of Walter and Lillian (Elliott)
Hewitt. They have three sons: 1. John Walter, born in 1910, a graduate of Hannibal High School, attends Syracuse
University. 2. Robert W., born in 1914, attends Hannibal High School. 3. Charles A., Jr., born in 1926.
Politically, Mr. Cox is a Republican. He has served as justice of the peace, and school director, and in 1925 was
elected county supervisor of the Hannibal district, serving until 1932. He is identified with the Community Church,
and belongs to the Maccabees and the Grange. Mr. Cox was chairman of the Workmen's Compensation Bureau of Oswego
County from 1926 until January, 1932.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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