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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

Martha Walker Cook Biography

Martha Walker Cook born in Bellefonte in 1807, daughter of Judge Jonathan H. Walker, and sister of Hon. Robert J. Walker, married, Jan. 1, 1815, Lieut. Cook, afterwards Gen. William Cook, of New Jersey.

She began to distinguish herself as a writer about the year 1860 by her contributions to The Continental Monthly Magazine, of which her brother was the editor.

During the Rebellion and while her brother was absent on a special mission intrusted to him by President Lincoln, Mrs. Cook edited and conducted the magazine.

She also translated the life of Chopin from the original of Liszt, and before her death had been busily engaged in the translation of several Polish works, includling those of the poet Krazinski.

She was the mother of E. B. Cook, author of works on chess. She died at Washington City, Sept. 18, 1874.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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