|"Four Representative Members of Congress" (detail), Harper's Weekly, 1888, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives
COX, Samuel Sullivan, a Representative from Ohio and from New York; born in Zanesville,
Muskingum County, Ohio, September 30, 1824; attended the Ohio University,
Athens, Ohio; graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., 1846; studied
law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Zanesville, Ohio, 1849;
owner and editor of the Columbus (Ohio) Statesman in 1853 and 1854; secretary
of the legation at Lima, Peru, in 1855; delegate to the Democratic National
Conventions in 1864 and 1868; elected as a Democrat from Ohio to the
Thirty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3,
1865); chair, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Thirty-fifth Congress);
unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Thirty-ninth Congress in 1864;
moved to New York City on March 4, 1865, and resumed the practice of law;
elected from New York to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4,
1869-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate of the Democrats and Liberal
Republicans for reelection in 1872 as Representative at large to the
Forty-third Congress; subsequently elected to the Forty-third Congress to fill
the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative James Brooks;
reelected to the Forty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses until his
resignation on May 20, 1885 (November 4, 1873-May 20, 1885); chair, Committee
on Banking and Currency (Forty-fourth Congress), Committee on the Census
(Forty-sixth Congress), Committee on Foreign Affairs (Forty-sixth Congress),
Committee on Naval Affairs (Forty-eighth Congress); appointed Envoy
Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Turkey by President Cleveland,
May 21, 1885-October 22, 1886; was again elected to the Forty-ninth Congress to
fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative
Joseph Pulitzer; reelected to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (November
2, 1886-September 10, 1889); died on September 10, 1889, in New York City;
interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Three Decades of Federal Legislation, 1855-1885. 2 vols.
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