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COOKE, Nicholas, governor of Rhode Island, born in Providence, 3 February, 1717 ; died 14 September, 1782. In December, 1774, he was one of the committee of inspection of the town of Providence, a body invested with the general powers of a committee of safety. He was deputy-governor from May till October, 1775, and chairman of public assemblies at Providence on numerous occasions during that exciting period of the revolution. He was governor from October, 1775, till May, 1778. The inscription on his monument in Providence says he "merited and won the approbation of his fellow-citizens, and was honored with the friendship and confidence of Washington."--His grandson, Nicholas Francis, physician, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 25 August, 1829 ; died in Chicago, II1., 1 February, 1885, entered Brown University in 1846, but left before graduation, studied medicine in Providence, and in 1852 made a tour of the world. On his return he studied in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania and at Jefferson medical College, but soon afterward became a convert to homoeopathy. After entering into partnership with Dr. A. H. Okie, of Providence, the first homoeopathic graduate in the United States, Dr. Cooke removed to Chicago in 1855, and remained there till his death. He became professor of chemistry in Hahnemann medical College, on its organization in 1859, and was subsequently transferred to the chair of theory and practice. He resigned in 1870, and in 1872 filled for one session the chair of special pathology and diagnosis in Pulte medical College, Cincinnati. He also declined professorships in several other medical Colleges. Dr. Cooke was a prominent member of the Protestant Episcopal church till about 1875, when he became a Roman Catholic. He was particularly skilful in diagnosis. He published "Satan in Society" (New York, 1871) and "Antiseptic Medication" (Chicago, 1882), besides contributions to medical periodicals, including an able article on "Pancreas Disease " in the "Clinique" of 15 November, 1884.
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