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Encyclopedia > Nicholas Cooke

Nicholas Cooke (1717 - 22 February 1782) was the first Governor of Rhode Island, holding that office from November 1775 to May 1778. List of Rhode Island Governors Nicholas Cooke None 1775-1778 William Greene None 1778-1786 John Collins None 1786-1790 Arthur Fenner Anti-Federalist 1790-1805 Henry Smith Unknown 1805-1806 Isaac Wilbur Unknown 1806-1807 James Fenner Dem. ...

Cooke had been a sea captain and operated a distillery and a ropemaking business. He was a member of Beneficent Congregational Church from 1747 to his death. In 1768 and 1775, he was elected Deputy Governor of Rhode Island; he became Governor in the latter year when Tory sympathizer Joseph Wanton left office. Distillation is a means of separating liquids through differences in their boiling points. ... The term Tory (from Irish Gaelic tóraighe, an outlaw or guerrilla fighter, during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms — literally meaning pursued man) applied to the Tory Party, the ancestor of the modern UK Conservative Party. ...


  • Nicholas Cooke papers, from the Rhode Island Historical Society
Preceded by
Darius Sessions
Lieutenant Governors of Rhode Island
1768, 1775
Succeeded by
William Bradford

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Governor Nicholas Cooke (1482 words)
Nicholas Cook continued to serve as Governor of the Colony, subsequently the State, of Rhode Island during the earlist phases of the Revolution until May of 1778.
Nicholas Cooke married Hannah Sabin (c1722-1792) of Killingly, CT in 1740, who was related to Sabin Tavern owner James Sabin.
RI Historical Cemetaries, Nicholas Cooke and his family were originally buried in a family lot near their land on what is now Transit Street in Providence.
Richard Thomas Cooke (2204 words)
Nicholas, like his father was prominent in local affairs.
Nicholas and Margaret had thirteen children between 1882 and 1903.
Private Richard Thomas Cooke 1889 is commemorated on the Pyalong State School Honour Roll, on the doors of the small chapel at Assumption College.
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