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Collection Number: 04286

Collection Title: William R. Cox Papers, 1860-1921.

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Size About 150 items (0.5 linear feet).
Abstract William Ruffin Cox was a planter of Edgecombe County, N.C.; Confederate brigadier general; superior court judge; United States congressman from North Carolina, 1881-1887; and secretary of the United States Senate, 1893-1900. Correspondence among members of the Cox family and between William Ruffin Cox and political and military associates; transcripts of Cox's speeches in congress and published annual reports he produced as secretary of the Senate; and miscellaneous financial, legal, and other items. Discussions of political matters are not extensive; military correspondence chiefly concerns appointments and promotions. There is one letter, 1887, from Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901).
Creator Cox, William R. (William Ruffin), 1831-1919.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William R. Cox Papers, #4286, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
Acquisitions Information
Gifts 1982; 1983
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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William Ruffin Cox was a planter of Edgecombe County, N.C.; Confederate brigadier general; superior court judge; United States congressman from North Carolina, 1881-1887; and secretary of the United States Senate, 1893-1900.

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Correspondence among members of the Cox family and between William Ruffin Cox and political and military associates; transcripts of Cox's speeches in congress and published annual reports he produced as secretary of the Senate; and miscellaneous financial, legal, and other items. Discussions of political matters are not extensive; military correspondence chiefly concerns appointments and promotions. There is one letter, 1887, from Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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