Jeremiah Vardaman Cockrell, congressman and judge, son of Joseph
and Nancy Cockrell, was born near Warrensburg, Johnson County,
Missouri, on May 7 1832. In 1848 he made a trip to New Mexico, and in
1849 he went overland to California, where he settled at McKinney’s
Ranch on the Bear River and for two years engaged in mining and
merchandising. He return to Missouri in 1852, married Maranda J.
Douglass, and began farming. During the Civil War he served as a
colonel in the Confederate Army and was wounded so seriously in 1864
that he was not able to engage in active service again. He took his
family to Dallas, Texas, where they remained until the close of the war.
He farmed in Grayson County until 1874, when he was admitted to the
bar. Cockrell was a delegate to Democratic state conventions in 1878
and 1880. He moved to Jones County and in 1885 was appointed
district judge of the Thirty-ninth District, a post he held until his election
to Congress in 1893. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third
and Fifty-fourth congresses. In 1896 he resumed farming and ranching
in Jones County. He died at Abilene, Texas, on March 18, 1915, and
was buried in the Masonic cemetery.

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