Eleutheros Cooke, US Congress

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Eleutheros Cooke

Birthplace: Granville, Washington, New York, USA
Death: Died in Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, USA
Place of Burial: Saint Paul's Episcopal Churchyard Elkins Park Montgomery County Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Asaph Cooke and Thankful Cooke
Husband of Martha Cooke
Father of Sarah Esther Cooke; Pitt Cooke; Jay Cooke; Daugther Cooke and Gov. Henry David Cooke
Brother of Eluthereas Cooke, (A); Asaph Cooke; Hannah Stone; Chloe Radcliff; Thankful P. Cooke and 6 others

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About Eleutheros Cooke, US Congress


Eleutheros Cooke (December 25, 1787 – December 27, 1864) was a lawyer and U.S. representative from Ohio (1831–1833).

ooke was born in Granville, New York. His first name commemorates the framing of the United States Constitution in 1787, the year of his birth. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began a law practice in Granville. He later moved to Indiana in 1817 and to Sandusky, Ohio in 1819. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1822, 1823, and 1825. He obtained from the Ohio Legislature in 1826 the first charter granted to a railroad in the United States—the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad (later the Sandusky, Dayton and Cincinnati railroad)—and ground was broken for it in 1832.

He was elected to represent Ohio's 14th congressional district in the 22nd United States Congress in 1831 as an anti-Jacksonian candidate. He was not reelected to this office, notwithstanding his receipt of a majority of votes.

While he was in Congress, Representative William Stanbery, of Ohio, was assaulted on the street by General Sam Houston, in consequence of remarks made on the floor of the house. In bringing the matter before Congress, Cooke said that if he and his friends were denied protection by that body, he would “flee to the bosom of his constituents,” and this expression was taken up by his political opponents and remained a catch word for some time. Family

His son Jay Cooke was a prominent railroad financier. Another son, Henry D. Cooke, was a noted financier and journalist.


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Eleutheros Cooke, US Congress's Timeline

December 25, 1787
Granville, Washington, New York, USA
Age 27
Age 31
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, USA
August 10, 1821
Age 33
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, USA
Age 36
November 23, 1825
Age 37
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, USA
December 27, 1864
Age 77
Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, USA
Saint Paul's Episcopal Churchyard Elkins Park Montgomery County Pennsylvania