Attilla Cox, Jr. (1875 – 1935)

“ATTILLA COX, Jr., a son of the late Attila Cox Sr., is a lawyer by profession, but also has been accorded many of the broader and larger responsibilities of business an public affairs.

He was born at Owenton, Kentucky, February 21, 1875, but since he was about  ten years of age has lived at Louisville,   He was educated in the public schools of that city, and in 1880 he graduated from the New York Law School and was admitted to the Kentucky bar that same year.  He has practiced law for over twenty years.  He first became associated with Judge Pirtie and Edmund F. Trabue, and in 1901 was admitted to partnership in the firm of Pirtie, Trabue & Cox.  The firm became Trabue, Doolan & Cox, and Mr. Cox was an active member until December 1,1917.  From 1904 until the dissolution of the firm he was district attorney in Kentucky for the Illinois Central Railway Company.

Mr. Cox was in France during the World war, and for over a year was prominently identified with the work of the American Red Cross in France.  With headquarters at Paris, he was business manager of the surgical dressing service until July 4, 1918.  He was then transferred to the army as captain judge advocate, becoming chief requisition officer of the rents, in the Requisitions and Claims Department, charged with the duty of acquiring property for the United States Army and regulating compensation to the owners of the French Government.  In February, 1919, he was promoted to the grade of major.  He was decorated by the French Government as Officer d’Academie, Order of University Palms.  He was a member of the Franco-American Transportation Commission, handling the financial questions growing out of the transportation of American troops and materials over Government and privately owned French railways.

In My 1919, Major Cox returned to Louisville, and since then has resumed the private practice of law in the firm of Cox & Wells, with offices in the Inter-Southern Building.  Mr. Cox is a member of the boards of directors of various financial and business corporations.

November 22, 1898, he married Carrie Rogers Gaulbert, a native of Louisville and daughter and only child of George and Harriet (Rogers) Gaulbert.  Her parents were native Kentuckians and her mother is still living.  Her father who died in 1908, at the age of sixty-five, was a prominent business man, and one time member of the well-known manufacturing firm of Peaslee-Gaulbert Company.  Major and Mrs. Cox have one daughter, Harriet Rogers, now a student at Vassar College.”

Source:  History of Kentucky, Judge Charles Kerr, editor, Vol. 3, by William Elsey Connelley and E.M. Coulter Ph.D., The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1922, page 379

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