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COTTINGHAM, Dixon. (Gunnerside, Swadedale, Yorkshire, England, Apr. 16, 1840--Dubuque, IA, Jan. 21, 1921). The son of Dixon Cottingham and Isabelle Metcalfe, Cottingham began working in the mines of Yorkshire and at the age of thirteen came to America with his family. They settled in Big Patch, Wisconsin in May 1853. Dixon married Barbara White, with whom he had grown up next to as a neighbor, and together they had twelve children, six boys and six girls. (1)

After serving in the Wisconsin Voluntary Infantry in the CIVIL WAR, Cottingham moved with his family to Dubuque. It was here that he owned and operated a farm while starting his own insurance agency. The D. Cottingham & Son Insurance Agency, owned and operated by Dixon Cottingham and his son, John D. COTTINGHAM, was established in 1887. These men were the great grandfather and grandfather respectively of COTTINGHAM AND BUTLER, INC. CEO, John E. Butler. The agency's main focus was to offer insurance to individuals in the community. (2)

In local issues, Cottingham served on the credentials committee for the Republican County Convention in 1887. (3) He was also drawn into such activities as serving as one of the judges for the 1898 CHRISTMAN & HEALEY corn contest for the largest and best ears of corn or the farmers' pageant in 1902 celebrating the completion of the Dubuque and Wisconsin Bridge. In 1916 he served as "President of the Day" at the fifteith anniversary of the founding of the GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC (G. A. R.). In 1920 Cottingham was one of five Dubuque residents to attend the World Methodist Episcopal conference in Des Moines. (4)

Grave marker in Linwood Cemetery.

See: Dixon Cottingham



1. "Dixon Cottingham." Linwood Legacies. Online: http://www.linwoodlegacies.org/dixon-cottingham.html

2. Ibid.

3. "The Republicans," The Herald, October 21, 1887, p. 4

4. "Five Dubuquers to Go to World M. E. Conference," The Telegraph-Herald, April 25, 1920, p. 1