St. Peter in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Eugene St. Julien Cox House
Cox began his law career in 1857 and built a thriving practice in the frontier village of St. Peter. After brief service as a Union officer in the Civil War, Cox enrolled fifty men into the "Frontier Avengers" and led this unit in the defense of New Ulm during the Dakota War of 1862.
After the wars, the "affable and genial and always daintly dressed" Cox was elected St. Peter's first mayor. This was followed by his election to the Minnesota Legislature, first as a representative, later as a senator. In 1877, he was elected judge of the ninth judicial district. Within four years the Minnesota House impeached Judge Cox and the Senate organized a high court for trial purposes. He was mainly charged with intoxication "caused by the voluntary and immoderate use of intoxicating liquors, which disqualified him for discharge of his official duties." In 1882, after a sensational five-month trial which included seventeen hundred pages of testimony and a petition for acquittal signed by four thousand people, Judge Cox was convicted and removed from his office as district judge by a bare two-thirds vote of the Minnesota Senate.
The house remained in the Cox family until 1969, when it was donated to the Nicollet County Historical Society for preservation and restoration. In 1969, this property received the first grant awarded by the Minnesota Historical Society, as a part of the newly created State Grants In-Aid program, created for the preservation and restoration of Minnesota's historical sites.
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
Erected 1999 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 19.929′ N, 93° 57.687′ W. Marker is in St. Peter, Minnesota, in Nicollet County. Marker is at the intersection of Skaro Street and North Washington Avenue on Skaro Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 North Washington Avenue, Saint Peter MN 56082, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least The Bornemann House (approx. half a mile away); St. Peter Boat Landing (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nicollet County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Traverse des Sioux (approx. 1.3 miles away); A Minority in Their Homeland (approx. 1.3 miles away); Welcome to Traverse des Sioux (approx. 1.3 miles away); "Only a Memory Now" (approx. 1.3 miles away); Land-Seas (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Peter.
Also see . . .
1. Eugene Saint Julien Cox House. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 21, 2013.)
2. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Cox, Eugene St. Julien "E. St. Julien" (Submitted on May 21, 2013.)
Additional keywords. E. St. Julien Cox House
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Politics • Wars, US Indian •
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