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James Middleton Cox (March 31, 1870 - July 15, 1957) was a Governor of Ohio, U.S. Representative from Ohio and a candidate for President of the United States in the election of 1920.

Cox was born in the tiny Butler County, Ohio village of Jacksonburg. Cox practiced a variety of trades throughout his life: high school teacher, reporter, owner and editor of several newspapers, and secretary to Congressman Paul Sorg. Cox represented Ohio in the United States House of Representatives (1909-1913), resigning after winning election as Governor of Ohio (1913-1915, and 1917-1921). He was nominated a candidate for the presidency by the Democratic party while serving as Governor. Cox supported the internationalist policies of Woodrow Wilson and favored U.S. entry into the League of Nations. However, he was defeated in the 1920 Presidential Election by Warren G. Harding. Cox's running mate was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Cox recorded for the Nation's Forum several times. The campaign speech featured here accuses the Republicans of failing to acknowledge that President Wilson's successful prosecution of the war had, according to Cox, saved "civilization."

Cox was publisher of the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, where the newspaper's editorial meeting room is still referred to as the "governor's library." His daughters Barbara Cox Anthony and Anne Cox Chambers own his media company, now called Cox Enterprises. The company's headquarters has been moved from Dayton to Atlanta.

Source: Library of Congress (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/nfhtml/nfexpe.html)

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Preceded by:
Judson Harmon
Governor of Ohio
1913 – 1915
Succeeded by:
Frank B. Willis
Preceded by:
Frank B. Willis
Governor of Ohio
1917 – 1921
Succeeded by:
Harry L. Davis
Preceded by:
Woodrow Wilson
Democratic Party Presidential candidate
1920 (lost)
Succeeded by:
John W. Davis

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