COOK, Daniel Pope

1794–1827

Biography

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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: ca. 1816-1866, 16 items. Mostly legal documents filed by Daniel Cook as an attorney; also includes a letter (1820) to his future wife detailing the deaths of two Members of Congress and the Washington social season; photographs. A finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Brown, William H. Memoir of the late Hon. Daniel P. Cook: Read before the Chicago Historical Society, June 9, 1857. Chicago: Scripps, Bross and Spears, Book and job printers, 1857.

Cook, Daniel Pope. Speech of Mr. Cook, of Illinois, on the restriction of slavery in Missouri. [Washington: N.p., 1820].

------. To the people of Illinois. [Washington: N.p., 1824].

DeLove, Sidney L. Cook County and Daniel Pope Cook--their story. An Illinois Sesquicentennial Publication. Chicago: Independence Hall, 1968.

Hubbs, Barbara Burr. "First Attorney General--Daniel Pope Cook." In Idols of Egypt, edited by Will Griffith, pp. 171-80. Carbondale, Ill.: Egypt Book House, 1947.

United States. War Dept. Letter from the Secretary of War to the Honorable D.P. Cook upon the subject of the examination of the land offices of the United States in the State of Ohio. Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1822.

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