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

William Cook Biography

Willliam Cook died in Bellefonte, March 11, 1876. Capt. Cook was born at Valley Forge, near Philadelphia, of Quaker parentage, on the 14th day of April, 1799.

About the year 1810, he being then eleven years old, the family moved from Philadelphia to Danville, then Northumberland County, where the balance of his boyhood days were spent.

Going to Milton he there learned coach-making, and, after working at it a while, came to Bellefonte, in October, 1829. Albert Ammerman and Capt. Cook, we believe, established the first coach-shop in Bellefonte.

In the year 1851, Mr. Cook was appointed a conductor on the Portage Railroad.

He returned to Bellefonte and resumed his old business, working at it until some time in 1852, when he was appointed postmaster by President Pierce. In this office Capt. Cook was continued by President Pierce's successor, Mr. Buchanan, and by Mr. Buchanan's successor, Mr. Lincoln, for four years, making his term as postmaster of Bellefonte twelve years in all.

After his retirement from the postmastership, Capt. Cook filled the offices of street commissioner and overseer of the poor for several years.

He had a family of nine children, namely, William, Henry, James, Samuel, Andrew, Charles, Claude, George, and Mary. William lives now in Missouri; Henry, who is a tailor, is in the South; James was mortally wounded at Antietam; Samuel also went into the army, was taken prisoner and, it is said, was starved to death at Andersonville.

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

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