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Walter Smith Cox (October 25, 1826 – June 25, 1902) was a United States federal judge.

Cox was born in Georgetown, District of Columbia. He received a B.A. from Georgetown College in 1843. He received a M.A. from Georgetown College in 1844. He received a B.L. from Harvard Law School in 1847. He was in private practice in Washington, DC from 1848 to 1879. Recorder, City of Georgetown, DC. Alderman, City of Georgetown, DC. Auditor of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. He was a Professor of law, Columbia University from 1874 to 1879 and from 1899 to 1902.

Associate Cox was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Cox was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes on February 26, 1879, to a new seat created by 20 Stat. 320. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 1, 1879, and received his commission the same day. Cox's service was terminated on July 1, 1899, due to retirement.

He died in Washington, D.C.

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