Biography of John H. Cox
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN H. COX. While primarily devoted to his profession as a lawyer Mr. Cox has become officially identified with several of Cleveland's important business organizations, and has accepted many opportunities to render service in public spirited movements and in organizations for the general good.

He is a native of Cleveland, born July 2, 1873. His grandfather, John Cox, was a native of the Isle of Guernsey, and was a pioneer settler in Cleveland. For a long period of years he conducted a general merchandise establishment at the corner of Lorain and Guernsey streets in what was then Ohio City, now the west side of Cleveland. Robert Cox, father of the Cleveland lawyer, was born at Cleveland in 1846, and died in 1884. He married Pauline Huber, who came from Germany to Cleveland when she was three years old. She is now in the seventy sixth year.

John H. Cox was educated in the city public schools, graduated Bachelor of Laws from the Cleveland Law School in 1914, was admitted to the bar the same year, and has since been engaged in a general practice. For a number of years he has also been attorney of the claims adjustment department of the Cleveland City Railway Company.

Mr. Cox is a director of the Cleveland Piston Manufacturing Company and is chairman of the advisory committee of the Citizens' Savings Association.

Some years ago he was a member of the Ohio National Guard. He was corporal of his company on active duty during the Massillon strike and was sergeant during the Brown Hoist strike in Cleveland. He became a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Industries shortly after its organization, and has served it as a director the last four years, is a former vice president and was president in 1922.

Mr. Cox for a number of years has been active in republican party affairs. He served as journal clerk of the Common Pleas Court in 1911-12, was a candidate for county clerk in 1918, and for three years was president of the Cuyahoga County League of Republican Clubs and is a former president of the Foraker Club. During the World war he was a four minute man in all campaigns, including the Community Chest and Liberty Loan drives. Mayor Davis also appointed him to represent the City of Cleveland in the conference held at Philadelphia, in the interests of rehabilitation work among wounded soldiers.

Mr. Cox is past master of Bigelow Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, is affiliated with Thatcher Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, past thrice illustrious master Forest City Council, Royal and Select Masters, Forest City Commandery, Knights Templar, Lake Erie Consistory of the Scottish Rite, thirty second degree, is past president of the Past Masters Association, and a founder and former president of the Masonic Employment Bureau and vice president of the West Side Masonic Temple Company and past monarch of Al Sirat Grotto. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, Western Reserve Republican Club, the Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity, also belongs to the League of Republican Clubs and is vice president of the Northern Ohio Fish and Game Association.

In 1897 Mr. Cox married Miss Carrie Steinkamp of Cleveland. Four children have been born to their marriage. John R., born in 1898, is a graduate of the West Technical High School and the Warner & Swasey Company's private technical school, and for a time was a superintendent of the Kunkle Valve Company at Fort Wayne, Indiana, was assistant superintendent of the Foster Machine Company of Elkhart, Indiana, and then organized the Cleveland Piston & Manufacturing Company, of which he is vice president and general manager. He is also a member of Bigelow Lodge and the Grotto. John R. Cox married Vera Turnbull of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The second child, Pauline, born in 1902, is a teacher in Hick Street Public School. Robert, born in 1906, is a student in the West Technical School, and George, born in '1909, also a student in West Technical School. Mr. Cox has his offices in the Hanna Building and his home is at 1272 West One Hundred and Sixteenth Street.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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