FOX, John E.
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FOX, John E., attorney, Harrisburg, Pa., was born at Hummelstown, Dauphin county, Pa., November 27, 1861. His paternal ancestors were English Quakers, born in Devonshire, near Plymouth, who came to America in 1760 and settled near Germantown, Pa., until 1800. His maternal ancestors were German, and were from near Zurich, Switzerland. John Fox, great-grandfather of John E. Fox, came to Dauphin county and settled near Hummelstown. His children were: John, afterwards sheriff of the county, George, grandfather of John E. Fox, James, Richard, Thomas, and one daughter, who married John Phillips, who about 1829 represented his district in Congress. George Fox had five sons: Richard, who lived and died at Hummelstown, John E., who lived and died at Philadelphia, James, who was a member of the Dauphin county bar and died in 1858, Abner, of Missouri, and Thomas G., of Hummelstown, who married Diana Hershey. Dr and Mrs. Thomas G. Fox are the parents of John E.

John E. Fox was reared at Hummelstown and received his primary education there. He studied at Layfayette College, Easton, Pa., and was graduated with the class of 1885. He also received from this institution the degree of A.M. After graduation he taught the grammar school at Hummelstown for two years. He read law under Weiss & Gilbert. He completed his education by a tour of foreign travel, and returned to Harrisburg. July 23, 1888, he was admitted to the Dauphin county bar, and he has since that time practicedc law in the city, mainly in the Court of Common Pleas and in the Orphan's Court. He enjoys a large and lucrative practice. In the spring of 1889 he traveled over the United States and made a personal observation of his own country, in order that he might be able to intelligently compare and contrast it with foreign countries. In 1891 he made a complete circuit of the globe, solely for personal pleasure and improvement. He visited Italy, Egypt, Arabia, India, Siam, China and Japan, not overlooking other important regions. Mr Fox has gratified his literary and professional tastes by the collection of a library hardly excelled in its technical and literary treasures by any library in the city.

He is active in politics in connection with the Republican party. He served as delegate from his congressional district to the Republican National Convention at Minneapolis in 1892. He is president of his college class organization and prominent in the alumni society of his college. He is interested as a stockholder in the Harrisburg Trust Company, the Wilkes-Barre and Wyoming Valley Traction Company, Southwestern Missouri Electric Company, Citizens Passenger Railway Company of Harrisburg, People's Bridge Company, Harrisburg and Cornwall Turnpike Company, Mechanicsburg Electric Railway Company, Brookwood Traction Company, Farmers Bank of Hummelstown, and the Chestnut Street Market Company. He has also large real estate interests in the city. Mr. Fox is a member of the Harrisburg Club and of the Benevolence Club. He is a supporter of the city library and of the Y. M. C. A. He is not married.

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