COOK, Daniel Pope, a Representative from Illinois; born in Scott County, Ky., in 1794;
attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced
practice in Kaskaskia, Ill., in 1815; moved to Edwardsville, Ill., in 1816 and
engaged in newspaper work; editor of the Illinois Intelligencer; auditor of
public accounts in 1816; judge of the western circuit; appointed the first
attorney general of Illinois and served from March 15 to October 15, 1819;
unsuccessful for election in 1818 to the Fifteenth Congress; elected as a
Republican to the Sixteenth Congress; elected as an Adams-Clay Republican to
the Eighteenth Congress; and elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth
Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1827); unsuccessful for reelection in 1826 to
the Twentieth Congress; directed in 1827 by President Adams to proceed to Cuba
and report on political conditions; a county in Illinois was named in his
honor; died in Scott County, Ky., October 16, 1827.
BibliographyDeLove, Sidney L.
Cook County and Daniel Pope Cook-their Story. An Illinois
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