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Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
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Justice Cox was born February 21, 1860 in Hamilton County, Indiana,101 and died February 3, 1936 in Indianapolis.102
He attended common schools and began to study law in 1877 while clerking for Indiana Supreme Court Justice William E. Niblack (the 27th Justice).103 In addition to serving as clerk for Justice Niblack, he also served as the librarian for the Indiana Supreme Court, a position he held from 1883 to 1889.104 He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1889 and began to practice law.105 He served in a variety of public positions, including deputy prosecutor for Marion County from 1890 to 1894, city judge in Indianapolis from 1895 to 1899, and as an Indiana Supreme Court Justice from 1911 to 1917.106
101. 1 id. at 287.
102. Louis B. Ewbank et al., In Memoriam, 208 INDIANA REPORTS xxv, xxv (1936) [hereinafter Cox Memoriam].
103. 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 288.
104. 1 id.
105. Cox Memoriam, supra note 102, at xxv.
Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997. View this source in PDF format.