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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Coxey, Jacob Sechler 1854-1951. American businessman and reformer who led a march on Washington, D.C., to protest unemployment and recommended the use of fiat money to finance a work program.

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  • In his articles Baker examined every aspect of urban life, covering labor issues, such as the famous Pullman strike in Chicago and the 1893 Washington march of jobless men known as Coxey’s Army, and writing about race long before most white journalists were even thinking about it.

    Savage Peace

  • The most famous of them was led by Jacob Coxey, a self-made Ohio businessman. “Coxey’s Army” more formally known as “the Commonwealers” or the “Commonwealth of Christ Army” made it all the way to the capital, a “living petition” to Congress.

    Steve Fraser: Uncle Sam Doesn't Want You

  • With due respect to Paul Moreno, and to Larry Davis's response on the 1932 Bonus Army Letters , Jan. 4, the current "occupiers" will find their true ancestor in Jacob Coxey, an affluent eccentric who in the great depression of 1894 led hundreds of unemployed workers on a march to Washington.

    Sit-Down Strikes and Coxey's Army

  • Coxey, who tried to read a prepared statement, wound up in jail for trespassing.

    Booms and Busts

  • Coxey was arrested, spent 20 days in jail for disturbing the peace and violating a local ordinance prohibiting walking on the grass, was never charged, and then released.

    Excess Debt and Deflatiion = Depression

  • The party's march on Oz is a re-creation of the 1894 march of Coxey's Army, a group of unemployed men led by 'General' Jacob S. Coxey to demand another public issue of $500 million greenbacks and more work for common people.

    Balkinization

  • At the same time, hundreds of unemployed men, led by Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey (the group was known as "Coxey's Army"), marched on Washington to demand federal assistance.

    Meltdown: A Case Study

  • Coordination of operations was completely lacking, however, with Browne and Coxey devoting all their energies to the comparatively short march from Massillon, Ohio.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • Coxey had already left the city to raise more funds; Carl Browne and sixty of his lieutenants had departed for Atlantic City to bathe in the ocean.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • During the convention, Browne made the acquaintance of mild-mannered Jacob Coxey of Ohio and convinced him that an army of a million Westerners was ready to march on Washington to demand action from the government.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

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