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Page entitled : Origin and early life of banker Jay Cooke

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How Jay Cooke, the son of US Representative Eleutheros Cooke started in a dry goods store and as freight agent for the Washington Packet line

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... Cooke was born 1821 in Sandusky, Ohio. His father, Eleutheros Cooke had studied law and practiced at Granville, Washington county NY, where the family was established before moving West to Ohio. When he settled in Sandusky, Eleutheros Cooke was the city's first lawyer. He subsequently entered politics and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1822 and again in 1825 and 1840. In 1826, Eleutheros Cooke obtained from the Ohio legislature the first charter for a railroad in the USA :  ...


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