Eleutheros Cooke

Eleutheros Cooke

Granville, Washington County, New York, USA
Death 27 Dec 1864 (aged 77)
Sand Hill, Erie County, Ohio, USA
Burial Elkins Park, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 35754311 · View Source
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His name is from a Greek word meaning To set free. He was the Congressional Representative from Ohio from 1831 to 1833.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress at congress.gov:
...interment in St. Paul's Episcopal churchyard, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

Daily Commercial Register Thursday, December 29, 1864
Sandusky, Ohio
Hon. Eleutheros Cook
Another of our land marks is gone. A cherished and fond husband and father, a beloved, respected and eminent citizen is no more. Hon. Eleutheros Cooke died at his late residence in this place Tuesday. He was born in Granville, New York, Christmas Day, 1787. The year in which the Constitution of the United States was framed by the General Convention and his name, Eleutheros, was given in commemoration of that event. Consequently, has passed beyond the ripe age of seventy-seven years. At his death, he was surrounded by all his children, with one exception. His daughter, Mrs. William G. Morehead is now in a foreign land and the sympathy of the writer and many friends goes out in her behalf in this, her great affliction. May God comfort and bless her!

For nearly half a century Mr. Cooke’s name has been identified with numerous public enterprises and works of internal improvement, having in view the development of the resources of Ohio and the building up of the commerce of the State and especially of the city of his early adoption. Few men have been more useful, preserving and successful than he in his labors for the public good. He was the pioneer of railroad enterprise in the West, having been the original projector and one of the most earnest co-workers in the construction and early operation of the Mad River Railroad, now, the Sandusky, Dayton & Cincinnati Railroad. This was the first railroad built west of the Alleghany Mountains and the fourth in the United States.

Mr. Cooke has served, at different times and for many terms, in both branches of the Legislature of the State and as a member of Congress of the United States, discharging his duties as a Legislator with distinguished ability, faithfulness and acceptance to his constituents. When in Congress, his District embraced a large portion of Northern Ohio, taking in Cleveland on the east and Toledo on the west and extending southward to Delaware County. Some five or six Congressional Districts have since been formed out of his old District.

As a lawyer and advocate he had few equals and no superiors in Ohio, when he relinquished his profession and retired from public life many years ago, just as the highest civic honors were within his reach. But while he turned from these with rare forbearance and sought, with cheerful content, the more quiet pleasures of retirement, he never lost his interest nor relaxed his labor on behalf of the projects of local and public utility, which had commanded his early energies and which in his later years were brought to a successful conclusion.

As a friend, he was true, constant and faithful and as a citizen, he loved his country and shouted victory even on the death bed at the recent successes of our armies. Down to the moment of attack by his last illness, he preserved in a remarkable manner the full possession of all his intellectual faculties and with an intellect undimmed and strong with all its youthful vigor he quietly sunk into a gentle repose from which he never awoke.

His wife, (loved by all who knew her) is left, but not alone. She is surrounded by devoted children, that will make her stay and happiness the chief study of their lives. She has the consolation of believing the husband of her youth, the partner of her life for more than fifty-two years, whom she has ably seconded in all his undertakings, has gone with a Christian’s trust, to reap in a better world the rewards of a life of usefulness in this.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 35754311
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eleutheros Cooke (25 Dec 1787–27 Dec 1864), Find a Grave Memorial no. 35754311, citing Saint Paul's Episcopal Churchyard, Elkins Park, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .