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COL John James McCook
Birth: May 22, 1845
Carroll County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 17, 1911
Sea Bright
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

Folk Figure. One of "the Fighting McCooks", who had 17 members fight for the Union, he was at Kenyon College in 1862 when his attempt to enlist was denied because he was underage. He accompanied the 52nd Ohio Infantry as a volunteer aide, and was later commissioned a Lieutenant on the XXI Corps staff, Army of the Cumberland. Promoted to Captain in 1863, he transferred to the Army of the Potomac, was wounded at Spotsylvania, and received brevet promotions for heroism to Major, Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel, at age 19 one of the youngest Civil War soldiers to attain such distinction. After the war he received bachelor's and master's degrees from Kenyon, graduated from Harvard Law School, and became a New York City attorney. He rose to senior partner at one of the nation's most prominent firms, was a Director of banks and railroads, and a Kenyon College and Princeton Theological Seminary Trustee. In 1892 he funded a new stadium at the University of Kansas. When his friend William McKinley became President, McCook declined appointment as Attorney General or Interior Secretary. In 1897 he led a syndicate that nearly annexed Cuba by paying its debt to Spain, an action that might have averted the Spanish-American War. Active in the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), during that war he was Chairman of the Army and Navy Christian Commission. The village of McCook, Illinois, and McCook Street at the University of Kansas are named for him. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
Family links: 
  Daniel McCook (1798 - 1863)
  Martha Latimer McCook (1802 - 1879)
  Janetta Waddell Alexander McCook (1854 - 1934)*
  Susan Alexander McCook Jay (1879 - 1977)*
  Harriet McCook Boyd (1895 - 1957)*
  Latimer Abraham McCook (1820 - 1869)*
  George Wythe McCook (1821 - 1877)*
  John James McCook (1823 - 1842)*
  Catherine McCook (1825 - 1847)*
  Robert Latimer McCook (1827 - 1862)*
  Mary Jane McCook Baldwin (1830 - 1902)*
  Alexander McDowell McCook (1831 - 1903)*
  Daniel McCook (1834 - 1864)*
  Edwin Stanton McCook (1837 - 1873)*
  Charles Morris McCook (1842 - 1861)*
  John James McCook (1845 - 1911)
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Princeton Cemetery
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
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Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Jul 21, 2008
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COL John James McCook
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COL John James McCook
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COL John James McCook
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