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Ben L. Cox Benjamin L. Cox
Full Name: Benjamin L. "Ben" Cox
Date of birth: January 27, 1877
Date of death: August 15, 1952

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 107 Jan 11, 1921 - Jan 9, 1923 37th   Democrat Abilene / Taylor   Taylor
H 107 Jan 14, 1919 - Jan 11, 1921 36th   Democrat Abilene / Taylor   Taylor
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Ben L. Cox, "In Chambers We Learn," January 1949, p. 25. Veteran of the Spanish-American War, member of the 36th-37th Legislatures, "father of the statute placing natural gas concerns under the control of the Railroad Commission and giving that body the power to fix rates." Texas Bar Journal.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Biographical sketch, discussion of service in the Spanish-American War, and photo, "Spanish War Veteran - 13 Baylor Boys Volunteered May 13, 1898 and Ben L. Cox, Senior Was Along," 4/26/1938, p. 13. Birth date 1/27/1877. Abilene Reporter-News.
  • First Cavalry, Troop G, Spanish-American War. Obituary, 8/15/1952. Abilene Reporter-News.
  • Cox, Benjamin L. United States Volunteers, Spanish-American War, Call Number: 401-226. Private, Troop G, 1st Texas Volunteer Cavalry, Spanish-American War. Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935.
  • Other Resources
  • Obituary and photo, "Ben L. Cox, Lawyer, Civic Leader, Dies," Friday evening, 8/15/1952, p. 1. Birth date 1/27/1877. Abilene Reporter-News.
  • Benjamin L. Cox, birth date 1/7/1877, death date 8/15/1952, lawyer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Ben L. Cox, birth date 1/27/1877 on grave marker, death date 8/15/1952, interment in Abilene Municipal Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor County. Find a Grave.
  • "Judge Ben L. Cox Buried in Abilene," Sweetwater Reporter, 8/17/1952, p. 12, crediting Sweetwater/Nolan County City-County Library. "Ben L. Cox, pioneer Abilene civic leader, attorney and former legislator," death date 8/15/1952. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • 37th Legislature (1921) - Ben L. Cox, postoffice Abilene, nativity Texas, age 43 (born circa 1878), 43 years in Texas, lawyer, member of former legislatures: 36th, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Ben L. Cox,36th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Ben L. Cox,37th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 36th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, west wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 37th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, west wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    37th R.S. - 1921
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Graft Charges, Investigation of  
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    Oil, Gas and Mining  
    36th R.S. - 1919
    Judicial Districts (Vice Chair) 
    Oil, Gas, and Mining  
    State Eleemosynary and Reformatory Institutions  

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