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Philip COOK

(1817-1894)

COOK, Philip, a Representative from Georgia; born in Twiggs County, Ga., July 30, 1817; was graduated from Oglethorpe University, Georgia, and from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1840; practiced in Forsyth, Ga., in 1841 and 1842; moved successively to Sumter, Lanier, and Oglethorpe Counties, and continued the practice of law until 1869; served in the State senate in 1859, 1860, 1863, and 1864; entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as a private; was successively commissioned as first lieutenant, lieutenant colonel, colonel, and, in August 1863, brigadier general, and served throughout the Civil War; member of the State convention in 1865; moved to Americus, Sumter County, Ga., in 1885; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1883); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Americus, Ga.; State capitol commissioner 1883-1889; elected secretary of state of Georgia in 1890 and served until his death in Atlanta, Ga., May 24, 1894; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Ga.

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

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