Daniel Pope COOK, Congress, IL (1794-1827)


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.


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

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present