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Selinsgrove in Snyder County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Coxey's Army”

 
 
“Coxey's Army” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 5, 2011
1. “Coxey's Army” Marker
Inscription. Jacob Sechler Coxey (1854-1951), was born here. In 1894 he led a march of unemployed workers, popularly known as “Coxey's Army,” on Washington. Public works programs and relief measures were asked. This focused attention on the plight of the unemployed.
 
Erected 1966 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 48.546′ N, 76° 51.419′ W. Marker is in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, in Snyder County. Marker is on North Market Street (Old Route 15) 0.1 miles south of Bridge Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 814 North Market Street, Selinsgrove PA 17870, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The (John) Penn's Creek Massacre (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Harris, Founder of Harrisburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Penns Creek Massacre (approx. 0.6 miles away); Simon Snyder (approx. 0.6 miles away); Erected to the Memory of Simon Snyder (approx. 0.9 miles away); Susquehanna University (approx. one mile away); Albany Purchase (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sunbury (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Selinsgrove.
 
Regarding “Coxey's Army”.
Wide view of the “Coxey's Army” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 5, 2011
2. Wide view of the “Coxey's Army” Marker
There appears to be no documentation on the specific location of Jacob S. Coxey's birthplace in Selinsgrove. It may still exist but not be identified or it may have been demolished in the interim.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pennsylvania Center for the Book: Coxey, Jacob Sechler. Jacob Coxey was considered by some to be a revolutionary, and by others to be an oddball fanatic. Coxey being a wealthy man in the time of Gilded Age when it was extremely rare for a man of wealth to associate themselves with unemployed workers, fought for more opportunity for men in the work force to better society. Coxey worked to employ the jobless and help the economy regain its health. While many cartoonists in his time drew Coxey as typical old crank, he was said to resemble more of a harmless middle aged professor rather than the wild man as he was often portrayed. Jacob Coxey laid the foundation for future development in the fight against unemployment by showing the government and the people of America that unemployment was a serious problem that needed to be brought into people’s attention, a goal which he did accomplish. (Submitted on June 10, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. Jacob S. Coxey - Ohio History Central - A product of the Ohio Historical Society. Jacob Coxey was a prominent political figure and labor-rights advocate during the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. (Submitted on June 10, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

3. Jacob Sechler Coxey, Jr. at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 683 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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