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Bill Cox
Born (1913-06-23)June 23, 1913
Ashmore, Illinois
Died February 16, 1988(1988-02-16) (aged 74)
Charleston, Illinois

William Donald Cox (June 23, 1913 – February 16, 1988) was an American politician and professional baseball pitcher.

Baseball career[edit | edit source]

Cox played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1936 until 1940, for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns.[1] He also officiated at high school and college basketball games and at the Illinois State High School Finals in Champaign, Illinois.[2]

Political career[edit | edit source]

Cox served in the United States Military during World War II. He served on the Coles County, Illinois School Board Unit No. One from 1954 to 1958. He also served as sheriff of Coles County from 1958 to 1962 and as treasurer of Coles County from 1962 to 1966. Cox was a Republican. Cox served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1967 to 1973.[2]

Indictment, conviction, and resignation[edit | edit source]

On September 26, 1973, Cox pleaded guilty in the United States District Court to mail fraud and filing a false income tax return. United States District Court judge Harlington Wood Jr. presided over the trial.[3][4] On November 1, 1973, Cox resigned from the Illinois General Assembly; he was also sentenced to fifteen months in prison for a scheme to defraud the state of Illinois and for filing a false income tax return.[5]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Baseball Reference-Bill Cox
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Illinois Blue Book 1973-1974,' Biographical Sketch of William D. "Bill" Cox, pg. 175
  3. "$17,400-Top GOP Leader Named in Swindle". The Galesburg Register-Mail. Illinois. March 27, 1973. p. 3. 
  4. "Representative Cox pleads guilty". The Pontiac Daily Leader. Illinois. September 26, 1973. p. 1. 
  5. "Blair Picks Cox Replacement". Galesburg Register-Mail (Illinois). November 3, 1973. p. 9. 

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