Signed second printing of Journey Through My Years by James M. Cox. Octavo, xi, 463pp. Black cloth, title in gilt on spine. Red top stain. Stated “second printing” on copyright page. In publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on front flap, shelf wear and some chips to top edge, light toning to spine, otherwise a nice example. Inscribed on the front endpaper to actress Wendy Barrie: “Greetings and congratulations on fast mounting the hall of fame. James M. Cox. Oct 6/1953.”
Comments: After leaving politics, Governor James M. Cox concentrated on building a media empire, known today as Cox Communications. In 1953, at the time of this inscription, Wendy Barrie was an actress working for the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation, with distribution in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. Cox recruited Barrie to work for his media empire, but was unsuccessful. James M. Cox was the governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 and again from 1917-1921. He ran for president in 1920, losing to Warren Harding.