The company was founded in Dayton, Ohio by James M. Cox, who purchased the Dayton Daily News in 1898.
Cox later became the Democratic Party candidate for president of the United States in the presidential election of 1920, running unsuccessfully on a ticket that included Franklin D. Roosevelt as the vice presidential candidate.
Cox entered the radio business, starting with WHIO in Dayton in 1935.
In 1964 Cox’s broadcasting and cable businesses became Cox Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and opened for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Cox transitioned into the automotive industry in 1965 with the purchase of Black Book.
In 1968, Jim Cox Jr. helped establish Cox Enterprises, Inc., the private company under which Cox operates today.
In 1982, Cox Broadcasting Corporation changed its names to Cox Communications, Inc.
In 1988 then-Executive Vice President Jim Kennedy, grandson of Governor Cox, was promoted to CEO and chairman of Cox Enterprises.
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