Wilds K. Cooke

Full Name: Wilds K. Cooke
Date of birth: 1820
Date of death: April 1, 1882

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 15 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (1) (2) (3)     Unknown / Robertson   Brazos, Leon, Limestone, Navarro, Robertson
H Robertson Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (4)     Unknown / Robertson   Robertson

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Jan. 16, 1850, 3rd Legislature, ch. 44. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) 3rd Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators, oath of office, 11/5/1849, p. 3. Senate Journal.
(4) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Dr. Wilds K. Cooke, born circa 1819 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, died 4/1/1882 in Robertson County, Texas. Cooke Family Tree. Wilds K. Cooke, Alumnus of the University of Nashville class of 1827, listed in An Address Delivered Before the Alumni Society of the University of Nashville, October 3, 1843 by the Hon. John Bell, A.M., W.F. Bang & Co., Printers, 1844. Ancestry.com.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 71. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • COOKE, WILDS K. (1820-1882). Physician; "practiced medicine near Springfield, Limestone County." Handbook of Texas Online.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1850 - Wiles K. Cook, Limestone, Limestone County, age 31, born circa 1819 in Kentucky, in household with Mary D. Cook.
    Census of 1860 - W.K. Cook, Limestone County, age 44, born circa 1816 in Kentucky, M.D., wife M.D. Cook.
    Census of 1880 - W.K. Cooke, Bald Prairie, Robertson County, age 70, born circa 1810 in Kentucky, physician, wife Mary L. Cooke. FamilySearch. 1850 1860 1880
  • Mention in "The Author of the Texas Homestead Exemption Law," A.E. Wilkinson, Texas State Historical Association, The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 20, July 1916-April 1917, p. 38. "His brother, Dr. Wilds K. Cooke, was senator from the Robertson district in the first Legislature after annexation . . ." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Mentioned in 3rd Legislature, p. 196. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.

Committee Information top

3rd R.S. - 1849
Claims and Accounts (Chair) 
County Boundaries  
Judicial Districts, Select  
Public Lands  
1st R.S. - 1846
Internal Improvements  
Mail Routes (Post Routes), Select  
Public Lands  
Repairs to Public Buildings in Austin, Select  

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