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Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska

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  Benjamin Edwards (1753-1829) — of Maryland. Born in Stafford County, Va., August 12, 1753. Member of Maryland state house of delegates, 1782-84; state court judge in Maryland, 1793; U.S. Representative from Maryland 3rd District, 1795. Died in Elkton, Todd County, Ky., November 13, 1829 (age 76 years, 93 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Todd County, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Hayden Edwards (1723-1803) and Penelope (Sanford) Edwards (1723-1809); married to Margaret Beall (1750-1826); father of Ninian Edwards and Cyrus Edwards (1793-1877); grandfather of Benjamin Edwards Grey; great-grandfather of John Pope Cook and Richard Lee Metcalfe; second great-grandfather of Theodore W. Metcalfe.
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Ninian Edwards (1775-1833) — of Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Ill.; Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Born in Montgomery County, Md., March 17, 1775. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1796-97; state court judge in Kentucky, 1803; justice of Kentucky state supreme court, 1808; Governor of Illinois Territory, 1809-18; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1818-24; Governor of Illinois, 1826-30; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1832. Baptist. Died of cholera, in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., July 20, 1833 (age 58 years, 125 days). Original interment somewhere in Belleville, Ill.; reinterment in 1855 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.; statue at Ninian Edwards Plaza, Edwardsville, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Margaret (Beall) Edwards (1750-1826) and Benjamin Edwards; brother of Cyrus Edwards (1793-1877); married, February 20, 1803, to Elvira Lane (1780-1839); father of Julia Catherine Edwards (1801-1830; who married Daniel Pope Cook) and Ninian Wirt Edwards; grandfather of John Pope Cook; granduncle of Richard Lee Metcalfe; great-granduncle of Theodore W. Metcalfe.
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Edwards County, Ill. is named for him.
  The city of Edwardsville, Illinois, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Nathaniel Cook (1775-1852) — of Madison County, Mo. Born in Orange County, Va., 1775. Delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention from Madison County, 1820. Died in St. Francois County, Mo., 1852 (age about 77 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Jane (Mothershead) Cook (1748-1840) and John Dillard Cook (1753-1828); brother of John Dillard Cook (1789-1852) and Daniel Pope Cook; uncle of John Pope Cook (1825-1910).
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  John Dillard Cook (1789-1852) — also known as John D. Cook — of Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. Born in Orange County, Va., June 15, 1789. Delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention from Ste. Genevieve County, 1820; justice of Missouri state supreme court, 1820-23; appointed 1820; U.S. Attorney for Missouri, 1850-52; died in office 1852. English ancestry. Died in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., October 28, 1852 (age 63 years, 135 days). Interment at Old Lorimier Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Jane (Mothershead) Cook (1748-1840) and John Dillard Cook (1753-1828); brother of Nathaniel Cook and Daniel Pope Cook; married 1814 to Sarah Middleton Taylor (1795-1866); uncle of John Pope Cook (1825-1910).
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Cyrus Edwards (1793-1877) — of Alton, Madison County, Ill. Born in Howard County, Md., June 17, 1793. Whig. Candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1838; postmaster at Alton, Ill., 1841-43; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Madison County, 1847. Baptist. Died in Alton, Madison County, Ill., August 31, 1877 (age 84 years, 75 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Alton, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Edwards and Margaret (Beall) Edwards (1754-1826); brother of Ninian Edwards; married 1818 to Nancy Harriet Reed (1802-1834); married 1837 to Sophia Loomis (1809-1897); grandfather of Richard Lee Metcalfe (1861-1954); granduncle of John Pope Cook; great-grandfather of Theodore W. Metcalfe.
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Daniel Pope Cook (1794-1827) — of Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Born in Scott County, Ky., October 16, 1794. Lawyer; Illinois state attorney general, 1819; U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1819-27; U.S. Commercial Agent (Consul) in Havana, 1827. Died in Scott County, Ky., October 16, 1827 (age 33 years, 0 days). Original interment at Hutchinson Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.; reinterment in 1866 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Jane (Mothershead) Cook (1748-1840) and John Dillard Cook (1753-1828); brother of Nathaniel Cook and John Dillard Cook (1789-1852); married, May 6, 1821, to Julia Catherine Edwards (1801-1830; daughter of Ninian Edwards); father of John Pope Cook.
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cook County, Ill. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Benjamin Edwards Grey (1809-1875) — also known as Benjamin E. Grey — of Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky. Born near Bardstown, Nelson County, Ky., July 31, 1809. Whig. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1838-39; member of Kentucky state senate, 1847-51; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 2nd District, 1851-55. Died in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., March 7, 1875 (age 65 years, 219 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville, Ky.
  Relatives: Grandson of Benjamin Edwards (1753-1829).
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) — also known as "Honest Abe"; "Old Abe"; "The Rail-Splitter"; "The Illinois Baboon" — of New Salem, Menard County, Ill.; Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill. Born in a log cabin, Hardin County (part now in Larue County), Ky., February 12, 1809. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Black Hawk War; postmaster; lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1834-41; U.S. Representative from Illinois 7th District, 1847-49; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1856; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1858; President of the United States, 1861-65; died in office 1865; His election as president in 1860 precipitated the Civil War; determined to preserve the Union, he led the North to victory on the battlefield, freed the slaves in the conquered states, and in doing this, redefined American nationhood. He was. English ancestry. Elected in 1900 to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Shot by the assassin John Wilkes Booth, during a play at Ford's Theater, in Washington, D.C., April 14, 1865; died at Peterson's Boarding House, across the street, the following day, April 15, 1865 (age 56 years, 62 days). Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.; memorial monument at National Mall, Washington, D.C.; statue erected 1868 at Judiciary Park, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Lincoln (1778-1851) and Nancy (Hanks) Lincoln (1784-1818); married, November 4, 1842, to Mary Ann Todd (1818-1882; sister-in-law of Ninian Wirt Edwards (1809-1889); half-sister-in-law of N. H. R. Dawson; aunt of Martha Dee Todd; grandniece of David Rittenhouse Porter); father of Robert Todd Lincoln; second cousin four times removed of Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee and Arthur Lee; third cousin twice removed of Levi Lincoln; third cousin thrice removed of Thomas Sim Lee, Henry Lee, Charles Lee, Edmund Jennings Lee and Zachary Taylor; fourth cousin once removed of Levi Lincoln, Jr. and Enoch Lincoln.
  Political families: Lincoln-Lee family; Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Clement Claiborne Clay, Jr. — Isham N. Haynie — William M. Stone — John Pitcher — Stephen Miller — John T. Stuart — William H. Seward — Henry L. Burnett — Judah P. Benjamin — Robert Toombs — Richard Taylor Jacob — George W. Jones — James Adams — John G. Nicolay — Edward Everett — Stephen T. Logan — Francis P. Blair — John Hay — Henry Reed Rathbone — James A. Ekin — Frederick W. Seward — John H. Surratt — John H. Surratt, Jr. — James Shields
  Lincoln counties in Ark., Colo., Idaho, Kan., La., Minn., Miss., Mont., Neb., Nev., N.M., Okla., Ore., Wash., W.Va., Wis. and Wyo. are named for him.
  The city of Lincoln, Nebraska, is named for him.  — Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tennessee, is named for him.  — Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, Missouri, is named for him.  — Lincoln University, near Oxford, Pennsylvania, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: Abraham L. KeisterAbraham L. TuckerAbraham L. BrickAbraham L. KelloggAbraham Lincoln BernsteinA. Lincoln ReileyA. L. HelmickAbraham L. SuttonA. Lincoln AckerAbraham L. OsgoodAbraham L. WitmerAbraham L. PhillipsAbraham L. PaytonA. L. AuthA. Lincoln MooreA. Lincoln NiditchAbraham L. RubensteinAbraham L. Davis, Jr.Abraham L. FreedmanA. L. MarovitzLincoln GordonAbraham L. BannerAbraham Lincoln Tosti
  Coins and currency: His portrait has appeared on the U.S. penny (one cent coin) since 1909, and on the $5 bill since 1913. From the 1860s until 1927, his portrait also appeared on U.S. notes and certificates of various denominations from $1 to $500.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Abraham Lincoln: David Herbert Donald, Lincoln — George Anastaplo, Abraham Lincoln : A Constitutional Biography — G. S. Boritt, ed., The Lincoln Enigma : The Changing Faces of an American Icon — Albert J. Beveridge, Abraham Lincoln 1809-1858 — Geoffrey Perret, Lincoln's War : The Untold Story of America's Greatest President as Commander in Chief — David Herbert Donald, We Are Lincoln Men : Abraham Lincoln and His Friends — Edward Steers, Jr., Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln — Mario Cuomo, Why Lincoln Matters : Today More Than Ever — Michael W. Kauffman, American Brutus : John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies — Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln — Joshua Wolf Shenk, Lincoln's Melancholy : How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness — John Channing Briggs, Lincoln's Speeches Reconsidered — Ronald C. White, Jr., The Eloquent President : A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words — Harold Holzer, Lincoln at Cooper Union : The Speech That Made Abraham Linco ln President — Michael Lind, What Lincoln Believed : The Values and Convictions of America's Greatest President — Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln — Michael Burlingame, ed., Abraham Lincoln: The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay — Thomas J. Craughwell, Stealing Lincoln's Body — Roy Morris, Jr., The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln's Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America — John Stauffer, Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln — Karen Judson, Abraham Lincoln (for young readers) — Maira Kalman, Looking at Lincoln (for young readers)
  Critical books about Abraham Lincoln: Thomas J. DiLorenzo, The Real Lincoln : A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
  Fiction about Abraham Lincoln: Gore Vidal, Lincoln: A Novel
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  Ninian Wirt Edwards (1809-1889) — also known as Ninian W. Edwards — of Sangamon County, Ill. Born April 15, 1809. Democrat. Illinois state attorney general, 1834-35; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1837-41, 1849-53; member of Illinois state senate, 1845-49; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Sangamon County, 1847; Illinois superintendent of public instruction, 1854-57. Died September 2, 1889 (age 80 years, 140 days). Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Ninian Edwards; married, February 18, 1832, to Elizabeth P. Todd (sister-in-law of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)).
  Political families: Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia; Lincoln-Lee family; Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska; Pendleton-Lee family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  John Pope Cook (1825-1910) — also known as John P. Cook — of Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill.; Ransom, Hillsdale County, Mich. Born in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., June 12, 1825. Mayor of Springfield, Ill., 1855; Sangamon County Sheriff, 1856; general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Died in Ransom, Hillsdale County, Mich., October 12, 1910 (age 85 years, 122 days). Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Pope Cook and Julia Catherine (Edwards) Cook (1801-1830); married, October 20, 1847, to Susan A. Lamb (1828-1890); married, September 16, 1889, to Mary Eliza Baker (1860-1948); nephew of Nathaniel Cook and John Dillard Cook (1789-1852); grandson of Ninian Edwards; grandnephew of Cyrus Edwards; great-grandson of Benjamin Edwards; second cousin of Richard Lee Metcalfe; second cousin once removed of Theodore W. Metcalfe.
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Richard Lee Metcalfe (1861-1954) — also known as Richard L. Metcalfe — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Alton, Madison County, Ill., October 11, 1861. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1928; mayor of Omaha, Neb., 1930-33; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1932. Died in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., March 31, 1954 (age 92 years, 171 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Lee Metcalfe (1827-1898) and Ellen Tazewell (Edwards) Metcalfe (1829-1866); married 1885 to Elizabeth Buehler (1865-1952); father of Theodore W. Metcalfe; grandson of Cyrus Edwards; grandnephew of Ninian Edwards; great-grandson of Benjamin Edwards; second cousin of John Pope Cook (1825-1910).
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Theodore W. Metcalfe (1894-1973) — also known as Ted W. Metcalfe — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., August 16, 1894. Republican. Newspaper editor; lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; real estate developer; Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 1931-33; candidate for U.S. Representative from Nebraska 2nd District, 1940; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1952, 1956, 1960. Member, American Legion. Died in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., February 17, 1973 (age 78 years, 185 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Lee Metcalfe (1861-1954) and Elizabeth 'Bessie' (Buehler) Metcalfe (1865-1952); married to Helen Houston (1895-1989); great-grandson of Cyrus Edwards; great-grandnephew of Ninian Edwards; second great-grandson of Benjamin Edwards; second cousin once removed of John Pope Cook.
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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