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William Cocke

  • Birth 1748 Amelia County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 22 Aug 1828 Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 8004425

U.S. Senator. Self educated, he studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Amelia County, Virginia. In the late 1700s, he was part of an expedition with Daniel Boone exploring the territory of eastern Tennessee and western Kentucky. Also at this time he was a Colonel of militia and led four companies of Virginians against hostile Indians in Tennessee, in 1776. Upon the admission of Tennessee as a State into the Union was elected to the United States Senate, serving (1796-97) and again elected to the United States Senate as a Democratic Republican, serving (1799-1805). In 1809, he was appointed judge of the first circuit in Mississippi and served under General Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. After the war, he was elected to the Mississippi Legislature in 1813 and appointed by President James Madison as Indian agent for the Chickasaw Nation, in 1814.

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  • Originally Created by: Tim Crutchfield
  • Added: 20 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8004425
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Cocke (1748–22 Aug 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8004425, citing Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .