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Next Meeting:February 18, 2016

Location: West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road. (More information about Drake Center and driving directions here.)

Speaker: Gene Schmiel, Washington D.C.

Topic: Citizen-General: Jacob D. Cox

In the 19th century there were few professional schools other than West Point, and so the​ self-made man was the standard for success.  True to that mode, Jacob Dolson Cox, a long-time Cincinnati resident who is buried in Spring Grove cemetery, fashioned himself into a Renaissance man. In each of his vocations and avocations— Civil War general, ​Governor​ of Ohio​, ​Secretary of the Interior, President of the University of Cincinnati, Dean of the Cincinnati Law School, President of the Wabash Railroad, historian, and scientist—he was recognized as a leader. Cox’s greatest fame, however, is as the foremost participant-historian of the Civil War. His accounts of the conflict are to this day cited by serious scholars and serve as a foundation for the interpretation of many aspects of the war.

​Gene Schmiel is a retired U.S. Department of State Foreign​ Service officer. He was an assistant professor of history at St. Francis University (PA) and has taught at Marymount, Shenandoah, and Penn State universities. He holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and coauthored, with his wife Kathryn, a book on life in the Foreign Service. His book "Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era " was published in 2014 by Ohio University Press, and is a History Book Club selection."




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