About Joseph Randolph Cockerill
Joseph Randolph Cockerill (January 2, 1818 – October 23, 1875) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Joseph R. Cockerill was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, January 2, 1818. He attended the public schools. Cockerill moved to Scott Township, 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 3, 1859). He was a delegate to the Charleston Convention.
American Civil War service
Cockerill entered the Union Army during the American Civil War and served as colonel of the 70th Ohio Infantry, December 20, 1861. 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. He resigned his commission on April 13, 1864.
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.
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. He was interred in Old West Union Cemetery, West Union.