Biography of Henry C. Cook


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Cook, Henry C., who for the past twenty-four years has been a practicing attorney at Carthage, was born at Palatine Bridge, Montgomery county, N. Y., June 12, 1830, and was the seventh of eight children in the family of Casper I. and Clarissa A. Cook. Henry lived at home on the farm until he was eighteen years old, intending to become a farmer, but an accident compelled him to change his chosen pursuit and turn to professional life. His early education was acquired in the common schools and limited at that, but he began a course of law study with those distinguished lawyers, Thomas and Henry Smith, then at Cobleskill, Schoharie county, and still later with the noted firm of Hill, Porter & Cagger, at Albany, and at a general term held in that city in 1853 he was admitted to practice, being then, however, a little less than twenty-one years old, but in his case a nuuc pro tunc order was made. He began practice at Worcester, Otsego county, and thence removed to Cobleskill. In June, 1861, Mr. Cook enlisted in the 25th Regiment of State Militia and served until discharged in July following. Returning home he helped raise the 134th Regiment, enlisting as a private, but was elected captain of Co. G, and with this command served until February 18, 1865, then being mustered out with the rank of major. After a year Mr. Cook again took up professional life at Richmondville, Schoharie county, remaining there seven years, of which time he was for six years district attorney of the county. November 9, 1873, he came to Carthage and has since been in active practice in that village. Counselor Cook is a firm Democrat, living in a strong Republican county, but he takes no active part in politics other than as an interested citizen and holding the record of being an old campaigner. He is a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow Lodges; also of the G. A. R. In 1852 Mr. Cook married Margaret B. Sternberg, and they had six children, four of whom are still living.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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