Biography of George C. Cook
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Cook, George C., was born in Schenectady, N. Y., November 4, 1825. The principal business of his life has been as dealer in stock, which he followed for twenty eight years. He also had charge of a cigar manufacturing business for three years. In 1847 he married Olive Comstock, who died in 1882. They have three children living: S. A. Cook, of Medina; Amos A. Cook, of Lancaster, and Mrs. George Alford, of Lincoln, Neb. One son, George J. Cook, who died in 1892, was a singularly successful business man and gave promise of a bright future. Mr. George C. Cook, the subject of this sketch, is one of the best known and most honored citizens of Orleans county. Governor Morgan in 1862 appointed the War Committee for Orleans county, composed of Sanford E. Church, Noah Davis, jr., Edwin B. Reynolds, John Ryan, George C. Cook, George T. Anthony, D. B. Abell, Aaron Beebe, David U. Hatch. and Ezra T. Coann, and they were the leading citizens of the county, and Mr. Cook rendered efficient service on this committee. Mr. Cook also was active in organizing the 17th N. Y. Battery and was one of the first lieutenants and went to the front with the battery. Mr. Cook is now living with his second wife, Mrs. Hannah Cook, to whom he was married October 23, 1882. Mrs. Cook was born in Outness, Cambridgeshire, England, in 1836, and at the time of her marriage to Mr. Cook, was the widow of Mr. John Field. Mr. Cook has been a successful business man and always held in high esteem by all his acquaintances. Up to the ime of his entering the army, he was in the enjoyment of excellent health, but since that time he has suffered a great deal and has not been the man physically, he was before. In politics Mr. Cook has always acted with the Democratic party and was one of the trusted friends of that Democratic leader, Sanford E. Church. He is now enjoying the competency secured by his own efforts and in the society of his children and many friends lives happily. Genial and affable, it is a treat to listen to his recital of the early times in Orleans county and the reminiscences of his pioneer life.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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