Wayne County Biographies

Part of the Indiana Biographies Project

Joseph H. Cooke

Joseph H. Cooke, City Treasurer, Richmond, Ind., was born in Circleville, Ohio, in 1851, a son of Joseph Cooke, who died in Columbus, Ohio, the same year of our subject's birth. He was educated in Lexington, Ohio, and learned the tanner's trade. In 1875 he entered the employ of the Pittsburg, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad at Indianapolis, as bill clerk, and a month later was transferred to Richmond. In 1876 he was appointed Cashier and remained in the employ of the road till 1880. In February of the latter year he was appointed by the City Council to fill an unexpired term as City Treasurer, and in May, 1881, was elected to the position and re-elected in 1883. Mr. Cooke is a member of Webb Lodge, No. 24, F. & A. M.; Sir Knight Commander of Richmond Division, No. 14, U.R.K. of P., and is Chancellor Commander of Iola Lodge, No. 53, K. of P. Politically he is a Republican. Feb. 23, 1876, Mr. Cooke married Jessie, daughter of General. Wm. P. Benton. They have two children — Marjorie and Edson B.

History of Wayne County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884. Volume 2