Joseph R. Cockerill

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Joseph Randolph Cockerill
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1859
Preceded by Jonas R. Emrie
Succeeded by William Howard
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Adams County district
In office
January 5, 1852 – January 1, 1854
Preceded by John M. Smith
Succeeded by Jesse Ellis
In office
January 6, 1868 – December 31, 1871
Preceded by W. D. Burdage
Succeeded by Jesse Ellis
Personal details
Born (1818-01-02)January 2, 1818
Loudoun County, Virginia
Died October 23, 1875(1875-10-23) (aged 57)
West Union, Ohio
Political party Democratic

Joseph Randolph Cockerill (January 2, 1818 – October 23, 1875) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Early life[edit]

Joseph R. Cockerill was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, January 2, 1818.[1] He attended the public schools. Cockerill moved to Scott Township, Adams County, Ohio, in 1837 and settled in Youngsville. He taught school. He became County surveyor in 1840. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1851 and began the practice of law in West Union, Ohio. He served as clerk of the court of common pleas. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1853 and 1854. Cockerill was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1859).[1] He was a delegate to the Charleston Convention.

American Civil War service[edit]

Cockerill entered the Union Army during the American Civil War and served as colonel of the 70th Ohio Infantry, December 20, 1861.[1] Except for the periods between August 21, 1863 and September 19, 1863, and January 28, 1864 and March 11, 1864, he exercised brigade command in the Army of the Tennessee from October 26, 1862 to April 13, 1864.[1] He resigned his commission on April 13, 1864.[1]

On March 18, 1867, President Andrew Johnson nominated Cockerill for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865, and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on March 28, 1867.[2]

Gravestone of Joseph Cockerill

Later life[edit]

After the Civil War, Joseph Cockerill was again a member of the Ohio house of representatives, 1868-1871. He lost election for Ohio State Auditor in 1871.

Joseph R. Cockerill died in West Union, Ohio, October 23, 1875.[1] He was interred in Old West Union Cemetery, West Union.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. p. 179.
  2. ^ Eicher, 2001, p. 742.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jonas R. Emrie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Howard