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John Edwin Cook

Birthdate: (29)
Birthplace: Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Death: December 16, 1859 (25-33)
Charlestown, Jefferson, West Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Virginia Cook
Father of John Cook
Brother of Caroline C. Willard

Occupation: Educator
Managed by: Linda Kathleen Thompson, (c)
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About John E. Cook

John E. Cook came to Harpers Ferry in 1858 to scout the area for John Brown, and spent the next year working as a schoolteacher, book agent, and a lock tender on the C&O Canal.

While in the area, he married a local woman, Mary V. Kennedy. He participated in the seizure of the arsenal on October 16, 1859, but was sent back to the farmhouse on the Maryland side of the river before Brown's party was surrounded. Cook subsequently made his way towards Chambersburg, but was captured in that vicinity on October 25. He was tried, convicted, and subsequently executed on December 16, 1859, with Edwin Coppoc, Shields Green, and John Copeland, Jr.

Source: Notes on John Cook & the Harper's Ferry Raid

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John E. Cook's Timeline

Haddam, Connecticut, USA
May 1859
Age 29
December 16, 1859
Age 29
Charlestown, Jefferson, West Virginia, USA