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Channing Harris Cox

Gov. Channing Harris Cox

  • January 6, 1921 - January 8, 1925
  • Republican
  • October 28, 1879
  • August 20, 1968
  • New Hampshire
  • Dartmouth College; Harvard Law School
  • Married Mary Young; one child
  • NGA Chair


CHANNING H. COX, the fifty-first governor of Massachusetts, was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on October 28, 1879. His education was attained at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1901, and at Harvard University, where he earned his law degree in 1904. Cox entered politics in 1911, serving as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a position he held until 1919. He also served as the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1919 to 1921. Cox secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1920, and then went on to win election to the governorship. He was reelected to a second term in 1921. During his tenure, state banking laws were modified to prevent speculation; workmen compensation benefits were raised; child labor laws were advanced; mandatory education was sanctioned to all children; and corporations were taxed on profits from real estate dealings. After completing his term, Cox left office on January 8, 1925, and retired from political life. Governor Channing H. Cox passed away on August 20, 1968, and was buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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