George Cram Cook was born on October 07, 1873 in Davenport, Iowa, United States. He had a New England ancestry and a Middle-Western background. His father, Edward Everett Cook, was a lawyer in Davenport, Iowa. His mother, Ellen Katherine Dodge, was a woman of unworldly nature and liberal sympathies. From her the son inherited qualities which were to make him part artist and part seer.