COCKE, William Michael (1815-1896)

COCKE, WILLIAM MICHAEL, (grandson of William Cocke and nephew of John Cocke), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Rutledge, Grainger County, Tenn., July 16, 1815; pursued classical studies and was graduated from the East Tennessee College at Knoxville; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Rutledge and Nashville; member of the State house of representatives; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Thirtieth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1848; held many local and State offices; died in Nashville, Tenn., February 6, 1896; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1949, 1 volume (typescript).
Material compiled by William Johnston Cocke about William Michael Cocke (1815-1896) of Tennessee, lawyer, judge, and U.S. representative, 1845-1849, including newspaper interviews and biographical tributes; Cocke's address on the death of John Quincy Adams; transcriptions of Cocke family letters, 1815- 1832; two photographs; and a sketch of his grandfather William Cocke, Indian fighter and U.S. senator.