Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Neighborhoods
  3. Places & Faces

Jacob S. Coxey

See also

Jacob Seckler Coxey was a wealthy businessman, Ohio politician and populist leader who championed the unemployed during the 1894 Depression. In Chicago, he met Carl Brown who assisted him with his ideas. He also recruited unemployed Chicagoans to join Coxey’s Army in the first ever March on Washington, D.C.

Coxey, known as Jake and General Coxey, was born on April 16, 1854 in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. When he was six years old, his family moved to Danville, PA. He was educated in the Danville public schools and was an excellent student. His first job was water boy at the iron rolling mill where his father was employed. He worked at the mill for eight years and was promoted to stationary engineer. He left that position to work in his uncle’s scrap metal firm. Then he married Carrie Coxey in 1874, and they were blessed with four children before divorcing in 1888. During his business trips for his uncle’s company, he traveled to Massillon, Ohio. He liked Massillon and moved there in May, 1881.

While in Massillon, Coxey opened a sand quarry and named his business Coxey Silica Sand Company. He also owned horse ranches in Massillon, Ohio; Lexington, Kentucky; and Guthrie, Oklahoma. He bred, raced and sold horses throughout the nation. He was an experienced equestrian and racing enthusiast. In 1891, he married Henrietta Jones, and they were blessed with two children. He and his second wife named their youngest son Legal Tender.

Coxey experienced life as a laborer, businessman and rancher, and his life was secure so he decided to devote time to improving the lives of workers and adjust the social order. He studied politics, economics and credit. He was then ready to recommend changes.

Enlighten your life with history.

Use this link to become an Examiner, .



  • Johnny Manziel
    Should Johnny Manziel apologize for his hard partying over the offseason?
    Today's Buzz
  • Crop circles
    Similar crop circles appeared in Germany and England within days of each other
    19 Photos
  • Advanced placement
    The AP program is gaining traction as a key component in college admissions
    5 Photos
  • Beach hats
    Beat the heat with the best summer beach hats for women
    Beach Hats
  • Expectations for ministry
    Pastor preaches to newly ordained ministers about expectations for ministry
    6 Photos
  • Medical symptoms
    See which symptoms should cause you to seek a doctor’s attention right away
    6 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Aerial view of Chicago
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517635370" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Commemorating the start of World War I
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518243299" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Mississippi River images
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517367515" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>