Cox, Samuel Sullivan

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Samuel Sullivan Cox, 1824–89, American statesman and legislator, b. Zanesville, Ohio. He traveled widely, practiced law, and was a newspaper editor before serving (1857–65) as a Congressman from Ohio. He moved (1865) to New York City and served again (1869–85) in the U.S. Congress. Cox argued for reforms in the civil service, worked to extend the scope of the census, and championed legislation for the development of the West. After serving (1885–86) as minister to Turkey, he again entered (1886) Congress. Among his books are A Buckeye Abroad (1852), Puritanism in Politics (1863), and Three Decades of Federal Legislation (1885).

See biography by D. Lindsey (1959).