COOK, Orchard (1763-1819)

COOK, ORCHARD, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Salem, Mass., March 24, 1763; attended the public schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits; assessor of Pownal Borough in 1786; town clerk of New Milford, district of Maine, 1795-1797; justice of the peace; judge of the court of common pleas for Lincoln County 1799-1810; appointed assistant assessor of the twenty-fifth district in November 1798; overseer of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1800-1805; elected as a Republican to the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1811); was not a candidate for renomination in 1810; sheriff of Lincoln County in 1811; postmaster of Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine, from 1811 until his death there August 12, 1819; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, 1774-1807, 77 items.
Includes a letter from Benjamin Rush to Orchard Cook written on November 11, 1807.


Duke University Libraries
Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1807, 1 item.
A letter from Orchard Cook to an unidentified recipient discussing the Massachusetts judiciary, Congress, foreign relations, and Dr. Charles Jarvis.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, Alderman Memorial Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Richard Cutts Papers, 1753-1886, 185 items.
Correspondents include Orchard Cook. A guide with an annotated list of letters is available in the repository.