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COOK, Daniel Pope, lawyer, born in Scott county, Kentucky, ill 1795: died in Kentucky, 16 October, 1827. He received a classical edueatiQn, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Kaskaskia, Illinois, in 1815. He was editor of the "Illinois intelligencer," the only newspaper printed in the territory in 1816, and afterward settled in Edwardsville. He was the first attorney general of Illinois. subsequently judge of the circuit court in the western circuit, and a representative in congress from 6 December, 1819, till 3 March, 1827. He married a daughter of Governor Ninian Edwards, and tool; a prominent part in Illinois politics, exerting a powerful influence to prevent the introduction of slavery during the contest on that question in 1823-'4. In his canvass for congress at the first election after the admission of the state, when he was defeated by John McLean--who like himself, was remarkably eloquent--the custom of stump-speaking was first introduced in Illinois. He won the next election against the same competitor, and was three times re-elected. In his last term he was acting chaff, man of the committee of ways and means, though suffering from consumption. After a trip to Cuba, he returned to his residence in Edwardsville, and then went back to his early home in Kentucky, where he died. Out of respect for his great ability and services to the state, the legislature, four years after his death, gave his name to Cook county. See "The Edwards Papers," edited by Elihu born Washburne (Chicago, 1884).--His son and only child, John, soldier, born in Belleville, Illinois, 12 June, 1825, was left an orphan and the possessor of a fortune at an early age, was educated by his grandfather, Governor Edwards, and after his death by a clergyman, and entered College at Jacksonville, Illinois, but was not graduated, on account of the failure of his sight. He engaged in mercantile business in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1846 entered the dry-goods business with his uncle in Springfield, Illinois, and afterward became a dealer in real estate. In 1855 he was made mayor of Springfield, the following year sheriff of Snngamon county, and later quarter-master general of the state. At the beginning ofthe civil war in 1861 he commanded the first regiment raised in Illinois. For gallantry at the capture of Fort Donelson, where he commanded a brigade, he was made a brigadier-general on 21 March, 1862. In 1864 he commanded the district of Illinois, with headquarters at Springfield. He was mustered out on 24 August, 1865, with the rank of major general by brevet. In 1868 he was elected to the Illinois legislature.
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