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Sandford Cull Cox


Sandford Cox was born on July 1, 1811, near Richmond, Indiana, and in 1824 moved to Montgomery Country with his parents. Soon after his arrival in Montgomery County, the young Fox was injuried by a falling tree his brother and sister were cutting down, and his leg had to be amputated.

In later years, Cox was elected Tippecanoe County recorder and served in that position for some 22 years. He went on to become a lawyer and a businessman.

He was married and had seven children. Five of his sons founded the Lafayette Evening Call. Arthur Shumaker, in his A History of Indiana Literature, notes that Cox was "an abolitionist and worker on the underground railroad"; he was "a public speaker and wit," and a newspaper editor. He died on October 4, 1877.

[Source: Arthur W. Shumaker, A History of Indiana Literature 142-145 ([Indianapolis]: Indiana Historical Society, 1962)]


Sandford C. Cox, The Evangelist and Other Poems (Cincinnati: The author, R.P. Thompson, 1867)


Sandford C. Cox, Recollections of the Early Settlement of the Wabash Valley (Lafayette, [Indiana]: Courier Steam Book and Job Print. House, 1860)(Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1970)(Hoosier Heritage Press, 1970)(Chasha, Minnesota: Buckskin Press, 1972)([Lafayette, Indiana]: Tippecanoe County Historical Association, 1970)(Tippecanoe County Historical Association, 1987)