Governor James M. Cox

3/31/1870 - 7/15/1957

Inducted 1996

Governor James M. Cox was a visionary and highly successful businessman who founded what is today Cox Enterprises, one of the largest communications companies in the world featuring newspapers, television and radio stations and cable television operations. He was also a major force in local, state and national politics. He represented Dayton in Congress for two terms and served as governor of Ohio for three terms. As governor he was responsible for creating the state’s workers’ compensation system which became a model for other states. He secured state aid for Dayton after the 1913 flood and helped create the Miami Conservancy District. In 1920 he was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, running with vice presidential nominee Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Although the ticket lost to Warren Harding, James Cox remained an important advisor to President Roosevelt.