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date: 16 May 2021

Cox, George Barnesdalelocked

(29 April 1853–20 May 1916)
  • Judith Spraul-Schmidt

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Cox, George Barnesdale (29 April 1853–20 May 1916), political leader and "boss" of Cincinnati, political leader and “boss” of Cincinnati, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of George Barnesdale Cox, a recent English immigrant and laborer. Cox’s mother, whose family name was Stitt, was born in Canada. At his father’s death eight years later, Cox left school to help support his impoverished family. He did the kind of work available to a young boy in the crowded mid-nineteenth century city, including selling newspapers and blacking boots. He progressed to “looking-out” at gambling houses, delivering groceries, tending bar, and selling tobacco before acquiring his own saloon, Dead Man’s Corner, in the 1870s....

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