COX, D. W., wholesale coal dealer, was born in Baltimore county, Md., March 22, 1841. He is a son of the late Selmon and Mary (Cooper) Cox, the former of whom died in 1860, and the latter in 1849. When about eleven years of age he removed to York county, Pa., and received his education in the public schools of Baltimore county, Md., and of York county, Pa., and received his education in the public schools of Baltimore county, Md., and of York county, Pa., up to the age of fifteen He began business for himself as a boy of sixteen in a general country store, and after being occupied with his vocation for about two years he became a track laborer of the Northern Central railroad, after which he studied telegraphy and was later given a place as operator on this road. In 1862 he came to Harrisburg as secretary to Gen. A. B. Warford, at that date president of the Northern Central railroad. Upon the retirement of General Warford, Mr. Cox was given a position as clerk in the general superintendent's office. In February, 1865, he enlisted in company I, Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania volunteers as a private. Within a short time he was appointed regimental clerk, and a little later on clerk in the inspector general's department at General Thomas' headquarters, Nashville, Tenn. He was mustered out of the service on special orders in October, 1865, returned to Harris burg and again entered the service of the Norther Central railroad, this time as paymaster. In 1871 he resigned his position with the Northern Central railroad and was employed by the Harrisburg Furnace Company. In 1872 he embarked in the retail coal business, in which he continued for about ten years, after which he engaged in iron ore mining, and in 1887 in his present business of wholesale coal dealer.
Mr. Cox served as a comptroller of the city of Harrisburg from 1876 to 1880. He is a charter member and past master of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M., a member of Perseverance Chapter, No. 21; past commander of Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11; and past commander of Post No. 58, G. A. R. In politics Mr. Cox is active in the ranks of the Republican party. Mr. Cox and his estimable wife are members of the Pine Street Presbyterian church, Mr. Cox being a member of the session of this church.
He was married in Saltsburg Pa., June 20, 1871, to M. Eleanor Galbraith, who was born at Satlsburg, Pa. They have three children: Earl W. born July 4, 1872, Roy Galbraith, born June 5, 1875, and Martha Sterling, born September 25, 1877.
Mr. Cox is the author
and publisher of Cox's Calculated Tonnage Rate Book, a work of the greatest
practical value in the counting house and in railroad and mining offices. It
exhibits computations by hundred weights from one hundred-weight to one hundred
tons, and by hundred tons to one thousand tons at from once cent to six dollars
per ton. Mr. Cox is a thorough practical business man of broad views and genial