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John Cook, American soldier. Member Illinois legislature, 1868.


Cook, John was born on June 12, 1825 in Belleville, Illinois, United States. Son of Daniel P. (for whom Cook Company, Illinois, was named) and Julia (Edwards) C.


Mother d. of Governor Ninian Edwards of Illinois. Educated Illinois College.


2d, Mary E. Baker, September 16, 1889. Was in dry goods and later in real estate business, Springfield, Illinois. Mayor, 1855; sheriff Sangamon Company, 1856.

Quartermaster general of Illinois, prior to Civil War. Commanded first regiment raised in Illinois. Served through war, commanded 3d brigade, General Charles F. Smith’s Division, at Fort Donelson.

Received the messenger bearing surrender of Fort Donelson and transmitted it, through General Smith, to General Grant. Promoted brigadier general, March 21, 1862. Later bvtd. major general Governor Yates (war governor) on behalf of people of the state presented him with beautiful sword in token of appreciation of services and conduct at Fort Donelson.


Member Illinois legislature, 1868.


Married Susan A. Lamb, October 20, 1847.

Daniel P. Cook

Susan A. Lamb