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In the history of the officials of Atchison county J. N. Cox well deserves mention, for he is now efficiently serving as district clerk of the county. He is a western man, possessed of the enterprising spirit which dominates this section of the country and has led to its wonderful development. His birth occurred in Platte cotanty, Missouri, in October, 1856, his parents being J. D. and Elizabeth (Martin) Cox. His paternal grandfather was John Cox, and his maternal grandfather was Henson Martin. Both were natives of Indiana, and at an early period in the development of Missouri purchased land in Platte county, and there spent their remaining days. In 1861 the father of our subject removed from Platte county to Atchison county, Kansas, taking up his abode in Mt. Pleasant township, where he engaged in general farming.

J. N. Cox spent his boyhood days on the family homestead, devoting his time to the duties and pleasures which usually occupy the youth of the present generation. He pursued his education in the district schools until his seventeenth year, after which he continued his studies in the Monroe Institute, of Atchison. Subsequently he engaged in clerking for a time and gained a practical knowledge of mercantile methods that well fitted him for the successful conduct of a business, when he determined to engage in merchandising on his own account. In 1884 he opened a general store in Cummings, Kansas, and conducted it until 1888, when he sold out. In that year he was elected trustee of his township. In 1892 he was elected clerk of the district court, and has since held the office by re-election, his present term continuing until January 4, 1900. His long service well indicates his fidelity to duty and the confidence reposed in him by his fellow townsmen.

In 1888 Mr. Cox was united in marriage to Miss Ella Kennish, of Center township, Atchison county, a daughter of R. Kennish. Three children have been born of this union -- George D., Edward K. and Robert J. The hospitality of their pleasant home is extended to their many friends, for they have a wide acquaintance in Atchison county.