Mr. Western W. Cox has the most unusual first name – could it be a surname further back in the family? He was evidently very interested in the running of his home county – being deputy sheriff, sheriff, county judge and superintendent of public schools. His military service is quite impressive also.
from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1888
Western W. Cox, a native of Morgan County, Kentucky, was born September 28, 1828. His father, Solomon Cox, was born in Grayson County, Virginia, December 25, 1795, was reared on the farm and received his education in the common schools. In 1812 he moved to Morgan County, Kentucky, where he lived for a number of years and then moved to Bath County, residing there several years; he subsequently returned to Morgan County, where he spent the remainder of his days. He was a son of James Cox, who lived and died on New River, Virginia. Solomon Cox married, in 1815, a Miss Sexton of Morgan County, who bore him four children, viz: Pollie, William, John and Joshua. Mrs. Cox died a few years after their marriage, and Mr. Cox married Miss Louisa Trimble, a daughter of William Trimble, of Morgan County. To this union were born ten children, viz: David, James Western W., Emily, Elizabeth, Lucinda E., Martha, Lou, Preston and Henry. Western W. Cox was brought up on the farm and his educational advantages were those the common schools afforded. He engaged in the pursuit of agriculture until twenty-three year of age, when he turned to the mercantile business at West Liberty, and was thus engaged until about 1855; he was then made deputy sheriff and served in that capacity until 1858, when he was elected sheriff of the county and re-elected in 1860. However, before the expiration of his last term of office, he enlisted in the Confederate army, Company A, Fifth Kentucky Infantry, and after serving only a short time was appointed Quartermaster; in the fall of 1862 he accepted the position of recruiting sergeant, under General Humphrey Marshall. He then returned to Kentucky in 1863, formed a company and joined the Tenth Kentucky Cavalry, serving as Captain of his company; he acted in that capacity until 1864, when he was promoted to Major in the regiment; in January, 1865, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, which position he held until the close of the war, surrendering at Mount Sterling, Kentucky, in 1865. He then returned to Morgan County, where he was again elected sheriff in 1866, was re-elected in 1868, and at the expiration of his term he was elected County Judge of Morgan County, being re-elected to the latter office in 1874. In 1878 he was made Superintendent of the public schools, to which office he was re-elected in 1890. Since 1870 Mr. Cox has been engaged in mercantile pursuits at West Liberty, and also devotes considerable attention to farming and stock dealing; he owns about 5,000 acres of land in Morgan County and is a substantial, enterprising man. March 1, 1849, he married Miss Elizabeth Nickell, a daughter of Rev. Joseph and Rachel (Kash) Nickell, of Morgan County. To their union have been born five children, three of whom are living, viz: Mary B., Jennie L. and Henry M. Mr. Cox is a stanch Democrat in politics and is a member of the F. and A. M. fraternity.