COOKE, Eleutheros, (1787 - 1864)


COOKE, Eleutheros, a Representative from Ohio; born in Granville, Washington County, N.Y., December 25, 1787; attended the country schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Granville; moved to Indiana in 1817, and thence to Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, in 1819; member of the State house of representatives in 1822, 1823, and 1825; obtained from the Ohio Legislature in 1826 the first charter granted to a railroad in the United States_the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad_and ground was broken for it in 1832; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Twenty-third Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1840; died in Sandusky, Ohio, on December 27, 1864; interment in St. Paul’s Episcopal churchyard, Elkins Park, Pa.