George Wythe McCook
|George Wythe McCook|
Painting at Daniel McCook House
|4th Ohio Attorney General|
January 9, 1854 – January 14, 1856
|Preceded by||George Ellis Pugh|
|Succeeded by||Francis D. Kimball|
December 21, 1821|
|Died||December 28, 1877
|Resting place||Union Cemetery, Steubenville|
|Allegiance|| United States of America
|Service/branch|| United States Army
|Years of service||1846-1866|
Ohio Adjutant General
|Commands|| 2nd Ohio Infantry
157th Ohio Infantry
American Civil War
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George Wythe McCook (November 21, 1821 – December 28, 1877) was a lawyer, politician, and soldier from the state of Ohio in the United States. He was the Ohio Attorney General and an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was a member of the famed Fighting McCooks, a prominent military family that contributed more than a dozen officers to the war effort.
Early life and career
McCook was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, the son of a local attorney, Daniel McCook and Martha Latimer McCook. He was one of an evantual twelve children (nine boys and three girls). In 1826 the family moved to New Lisbon, Ohio, and then to Carrollton. He graduated from Ohio University and subsequently studied law with Edwin M. Stanton, and afterward became his partner. He served as an officer in the 3rd Ohio Infantry Regiment throughout the Mexican War, and returned from the war as its commander.
He was the Attorney General of Ohio from 1854–1856 and edited the first volume of the "Ohio State Reports." During his term in office, McCook specialized in railroad law. His skill in this area was noticed by the Steubenville and Indiana Railroad Company, and after his term ended, the company sent him to Europe on legal business.
Civil War service
At the war's outset, McCook was one of the first four brigadier generals selected by the Governor of Ohio to command the troops from that state, but, because of impaired health from his Mexican service, McCook was prevented from accepting that post. Later, he was appointed as the lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Ohio Infantry, and spent much of the war recruiting volunteers for several new regiments. He was named by Governor William Dennison as the Ohio Adjutant General.
After the war, McCook resumed his legal practice and political career. In 1871 he was the Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio. However, he lost to another former Union Army officer, Col. Edward F. Noyes, by more than twenty thousand votes.
McCook died in Steubenville and is buried in Union Cemetery.
- George Wythe McCook at Find a Grave
- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "McCook, George". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
George Ellis Pugh
|Attorney General of Ohio
Francis D. Kimball
|Party political offices|
George H. Pendleton
|Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Ohio