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Orchard COOK

(1763-1819)

COOK, Orchard, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Salem, Mass., March 24, 1763; attended the public schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits; assessor of Pownal Borough in 1786; town clerk of New Milford, district of Maine, 1795-1797; justice of the peace; judge of the court of common pleas for Lincoln County 1799-1810; appointed assistant assessor of the twenty-fifth district in November 1798; overseer of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1800-1805; elected as a Republican to the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1811); was not a candidate for renomination in 1810; sheriff of Lincoln County in 1811; postmaster of Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine, from 1811 until his death there August 12, 1819; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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