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Jacob S. Coxey, Sr.

Born: Apr 16, 1854

Death: May 18, 1951

Birthplace: Selinsgrove

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Jacob S. Coxey, Sr.

Date of Birth : Apr 16, 1854
Date of Death : May 18, 1951
Birth Place : Selinsgrove

Jacob Sechler Coxey, Sr., sometimes known as General Coxey, of Massillon, Ohio, was an American politician who ran for elective office several times in Ohio. Twice, in 1894 and 1914, he led "Coxey's Army", a group of unemployed men who marched to Washington, D.C. to present a "Petition in Boots" demanding that the United States Congress allocate funds to create jobs for the unemployed. Although the marches failed, Coxey's Army was an early attempt to arouse political interest in an issue that grew in importance until the Social Security Act of 1935 encouraged the establishment of state unemployment insurance programs.


  • Businessperson
  • Political activist

Also known as

  • Mayor Jacob S. Coxey Sr.
  • Jacob Coxey Sr.
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