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William Morton Cox

Cochise County Treasurer 1927-1930

Born January 21, 1880, near French Lick Springs, Indiana, to parents Charles W. Cox and Margaret Jane Melbourne, William Morton Cox graduated from high school at Paoli. His father, Charles, was also born in French Lick Springs and was a clergyman of the Church of Christ, as was his father before him, Christopher Cox. William moved to Bisbee in 1906, after working for the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads in California and Utah as a locomotive engineer. He was employed in the mechanical department of the C&A mining company and served on the Bisbee City Council during his years in Bisbee.

Mr. Cox served as Cochise County Treasurer 1927-1930; ran for State Treasurer in 1930, but lost in primary to Mit Simms; served as Arizona State Treasurer 1933-1934; and was a member of the Corporation Commission 1935-1940. He also served as Secretary of the Arizona Colorado River Commission from 1941 until it was abolished in 1945. When the Arizona Department of Real Estate was created in 1949, William became the first real estate commissioner and served until his retirement in 1960.

In California on July 17, 1905, William wed Elise Anna Breitkreutz of Omaha, Nebraska. One child, Marian Roberta Cox, was born to this union on March 28, 1907. She taught school at North Phoenix High from 1939 to 1972 and died September 1980 in Phoenix. Treasurer Cox died November 4, 1970, in Phoenix.

Photo courtesy Grand Chapter of Arizona Order of the Eastern Star

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