John Thomas Cox - Crawford Co., IL Biography

History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)


John Thomas Cox--Circuit clerk, Robinson, one of the largest, stoutest and handsomest men in Crawford County, is the good-natured clerk of the Circuit Court whose name stands at the head of this sketch. He was born in this county April 29, 1843. His educational facilities were such as the times afforded, being principally confined to the log school houses, now things of the past. His education was finished up with a term at the public school in Hutsonville. At the age of eighteen, he entered the ministry, which he followed about eight years as a preacher of the Christian Church, and during his ministry he proved himself an able exponent of the doctrines of the renowned Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone. But after serving his church some eight years as a minister, he returned to his farm (says he reformed) near Hutsonville. He continued on his farm until 1876, when he was elected Circuit Clerk of Crawford County, and in 1880, he was re-elected to the same office, which he fills satisfactorily to the people. During his political canvass he wholly refrained from the pernicious practice of frequenting saloons, and the soliciting of votes through the influence of whisky. Mr. Cox owns an excellent farm near Hutsonville of 220 acres, in a
fine state of cultivation. He was married January 16, 1868, to Miss Lucinda J. Buckner, of Clark County, Ill. They have three children, viz: Hattie L., born November 3, 1868; Estelle E., born July 6, 1870, Manford E. born March 20, 1880.

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