Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Clinton Cook (b. circa 1814 - d. 1857)
MSA SC 3520-13011
House of Delegates, Queen Anne's County, 1845
Maryland State Senate, Queen Anne's County, 1854-56


Clinton Cook was elected to the Maryland Legistlature, representing Queen Anne's County in 1845.1 The 1850 Queen Anne's County census recorded Cook as a lawyer with $1,500 in personal property.2 He had married Marietta Ford on April 27, 1837. They had at least three children, including Sarah "Sallie" H. (b. 1842), Mary E. (b. 1846), and Caroline C. (b. 1848)3 From 1854 to 1856,  he served in the Maryland State Senate under the Whig ticket.4

In 1855, he joined a number of influential community leaders in petitioning for the pardon of Phoebe Myers, a free African American imprisoned as an accomplice to slave flight.5

1.     "Maryland Legislature." Baltimore Sun 27 December 1845: 1.

2.     U.S. Census Bureau (Census Record, MD) for Clinton Cook, 1850, Queen Anne's County, District 3, Page 187, Line 8 [MSA SM61-144, SCM 1500-1].

3.     QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY COURT (Marriage Licenses), MSA CM831-1. Clinton Cook and Marietta Ford, April 27, 1837.

4.     Frederic Emory, Queen Anne's County, Maryland, Its Early History and Development (Baltimore, MD: The Maryland Historical Society, 1950) 475, 479, and 484.

5.     Miscellaneous Court Papers,  Queen Anne's Circuit Court  1855-1856 MSA #T3273.

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