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Governor Nicholas Cooke

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Office Dates:  Nov 01, 1775 - May 01, 1778

Born:  Feb 03, 1717

Passed:  Sep 14, 1782

Birth State:  Rhode Island

Family:  Married Hannah Labin; twelve children

NICHOLAS COOKE was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a shipmaster and manufacturer and acquired landholdings in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Cooke won election six times between 1752 and 1759 as Assistant to the Rhode Island General Assembly, and served as Lieutenant Governor in 1768-69. He took office as Governor prior to adoption of the Declaration of Independence, accepting the position after Governor Joseph Wanton was deposed by the General Assembly. He led an escort for then-General George Washington during the General's visit to Providence in April, 1776. Cooke declined reelection in 1778. He served as a Trustee of Brown University from 1766 until his death in 1782.

*Note: actual term start and end dates are not known.


Mohr, Ralph S. Governors for Three Hundred Years (1638-1954): Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. State of Rhode Island, Graves Registration Committee, August 1954.

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