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Henry Cox

Member From: 1869 - 1877

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  • Birth Date: 1832 Birth Place:Powhatan County, Virginia
  • Death Date: after 1910
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Rachel E. Harris; (m. November 23, 1867)
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  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
  • Additional Info: ​Henry Cox was born in Powhatan County in 1832, though it is unclear if he was enslaved or free. A shoemaker, he became a landowner early, purchasing 37 acres in 1871. He represented Chesterfield and Powhatan Counties in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1869 to 1871 and Powhatan County from 1871 to 1877, serving on the Committees on Officers and Offices at the Capitol, on Labor and the Poor, and on Militia and Police. Mr. Cox was with the delegation that in 1872 met with President Ulysses S. Grant to get his support for what became the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Mr. Cox died sometime after 1910, when he is listed in a Washington, D.C. city directory.​
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Chesterfield & Powhatan Radical Republican Labor and the Poor
Militia and Police
Officers and Offices at the Capitol Committee (Dates Unknown)
1871-1873 Powhatan Radical Republican Labor and the Poor Committee (Dates Unknown)
Militia and Police
Officers and Offices at the Capitol Committee (Dates Unknown)
1874-1875 Powhatan Radical Republican Labor and the Poor Committee (Dates Unknown)
Militia and Police
Officers and Offices at the Capitol
1875-1877 Powhatan Radical Republican Labor and the Poor Committee (Dates Unknown)
Militia and Police Committee (Dates Unknown)
Officers and Offices at the Capitol Committee

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