McLean County, Illinois
COX BROS., dealers in general merchandise at Hudson. Harry W. and Herbert M. Cox are twin brothers and youngest sons of James H. and Mary A. (Chadbourne) Cox, and were born in Bloomington, July 17, 1861.
After receiving such instruction as is afforded by the common schools they attended the High School department of the Illinois State Normal University three years. Their father being engaged in general mercantile business, they grew to manhood accustomed to and experienced in the same in connection with completing their school studies.
In 1881 they became associated as partners with their father, and carried on the business under the firm style of J. H. Cox & Sons until Jan. 1, 1884, when they became sole proprietors, and are now conducting an extensive trade successfully and profitably.
The "Cox boys" are upright young men, of excellent character and habits, and enjoy the confidence of the people among whom they have lived their entire lives. In politics they are Republicans, the friends of law and good order, and are rapidly becoming important factors in the business interests of this section. Harry W. a is member of Custer Division, No. 22, Uniformed Rank, Knights of Pythias; Herbert M. is a member of Company G, 4th Regiment I. N. G. [ed., probably Illinois National Guard]. The latter was married on the 1st of October, 1885, to Miss Downey, the daughter of William H. and Laura W. Downey, of Atlanta, Logan County, where she was born. They have one daughter Edith M. Mr. and Mrs. Cox are members in good standing of the Baptist Church.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 335. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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