John Parsons COOK, Congress, IA (1817-1872)


COOK, John Parsons, a Representative from Iowa; born in Whitestown, Oneida County, N.Y., August 31, 1817; moved with his father to Davenport, Iowa, in 1836; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa; member of the Iowa Territorial council 1842-1845; served in the State senate 1848-1851; returned to Davenport, Iowa, in 1851 and continued the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate in 1850 for election to the Thirty-second Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); was not a candidate for renomination in 1854; continued the practice of law and also engaged in banking in Davenport until his death there April 17, 1872; interment in Oakdale Cemetery.

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