James Thornton Cobb (1833 - 1910)

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Death: Died
Cause of death: "Kidney Trouble"
Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About James Thornton Cobb

Deseret Evening News

(Mon., Jan. 31, 1910)



Well Known Resident Died Here Early This Morning.

James Thronton [sic] Cobb, died of kidney trouble at 4 o'clock Monday morning at his home, 250 Canyon road. The funeral announcement will be made later, owing to the absence of members of the family. The burial will be in the city cemetary.

The deceased was born at Beverly, Mass., December 15, 1833. He was educated at Dartmouth college. He was a profound student, taking a deep interest in the celebrated Bacon-Shakespeare contest that so much disturbed the literary world some years ago. Oliver Wendell Hilmes was a personal friend of Mr. Cobb'sm and the family has a letter from the great poet in which he writes to Mr. Cobb:

"Your mind has gone to depths and reached heights which no human mind since the days of Shakespeare has, and you have almost converted me."

In his earlier days Mr. Cobb was engaged in newspaper work. He came to Utah in 1858, following his mother here, she having joined the Mormon Church, and has been a resident here ever since. He had a genial disposition. Even up to within an hour of his death his mind was bright and his heart light, and the family surrounding the deathbed could hardly believe that his last hour was at hand.

He is survived by Mrs Camilla C. Cobb, and the following children. Ives E. Cobb, Mrs. Nat M. Brigham, Henry Ives Cobb, Rufus K. Cobb, James Kent Cobb. There are many relatives living in Boston and other cities of the United States.

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James Cobb's Timeline

December 15, 1833
October 21, 1860
Age 26
Age 33
January 31, 1910
Age 76