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William Bourke Cockran

William Bourke Cockran, Irish congressman. member 50th Congress (1887-1889) and 52d and 53d Congresses (1891-1895), as Democrat; member 67th Congress (1921-1923), 16th New York Dist.

Background

  • Cockran, William Bourke was born on February 28, 1854 in in Company Sligo, Ireland. Son of Martin and Harriet (Knight) Cockran.

  • Education

    • Educated in Ireland and France. (Doctor of Laws, St. Francis Xavier College, 1887. Georgetown College, District of Columbia, 1900, Manhattan College, 1902).

      Came to the United States, 1871. Taught in private academic. Later principal of a Public school in Westchester County, New York.

      Admitted to bar, 1876, soon becoming prominent in New York City politics.

    Career

    • Henry Clay Ide, November 5, 1906. Delaware Democratic State Convention, 1881. Made noteworthy speeches at Democratic National convs., 1884 and 1892, opposing nomination of Cleveland.

      Member 50th Congress (1887-1889) and 52d and 53d Congresses (1891-1895), as Democrat. In 1896 became advocate of the gold standard and campaigned for McKinley. On issue of anti-imperialism returned to Democratic party, 1900, and campaigned for Bryan.

      Elected to 58th Congress, February 23, 1904, for unexpired term (1904-1905) of George B. McClellan, resigned. Reelected to 59th and 60th Congresses (1905-1909), 12th New York District. Was not candidate for reëlection, 1909.

      Resumed law practice at New York. Member 67th Congress (1921-1923), 16th New York Dist.

    Membership

    Member 50th Congress (1887-1889) and 52d and 53d Congresses (1891-1895), as Democrat. Member 67th Congress (1921-1923), 16th New York Dist.

    Connections

    • Married Anne, d.
    • father: Martin Cockran
    • mother: Harriet (Knight) Cockran
    • spouse: Anne
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    Born February 28, 1854
    Died March 1, 1923
    (aged 69)
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