Robert E. Cook
Robert Eugene Cook
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 11th district
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963
|Preceded by||David S. Dennison|
|Succeeded by||Oliver P. Bolton|
|Born||May 19, 1920|
|Died||November 28, 1988 (aged 68)|
|Resting place||Standing Rock Cemetery, Kent, Ohio|
|Alma mater||Kent State University|
William & Mary Law School
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Robert Eugene Cook (May 19, 1920 – November 28, 1988) was an American attorney, politician, and judge. A Democrat, he is most notable for his service as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1963 and a judge of the Ohio Eleventh District Court of Appeals from 1969-1988
Cook was born in Kent, Ohio on May 19, 1920, one of the four children of Judge Blake C. Cook and Bessie (Adams) Cook. He graduated from Kent State High School 1938 and attended college at Kent State University.
During World War II, Cook joined the Army Air Forces. After enlisting at Patterson Field, he was appointed a warrant officer and trained in the field of radio communications. Cook served 1942 to 1946 and was honorably discharged at the end of the war.
After his military service, Cook returned to Kent State, from which he graduated in 1947. He then attended the William & Mary Law School, from which he received his degree in 1950. Cook was admitted to the bar and practiced in Kent. From 1952 to 1959 he served as prosecuting attorney of Portage County.
A Democrat, in 1958, Cook was the party's successful nominee for a seat in the United States House of Representatives. He was reelected in 1960, and served from 1959 to 1963. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1962.
Cook was married to Gaye Smith and had a daughter, Amy Louise, in 1952. They divorced and he married Evelyn M. (Birr) Cook (1928-2007) in 1957 and together they raised their two children - Randy and Amy.
In 1962, While Cook was serving in the U.S. House, his chief assistant, Jennette Hall married Winston L. Prouty, a U.S. Senator from Vermont. Hall had been widowed since 1959, and Prouty a widower since 1960. Cook was a cousin of Vernon Cook, who served in the Ohio State Legislature.
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- Robert E. Cook at Find a Grave