John Esten Cooke

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Birthday
3, 1830
Birthplace
Winchester, VA
Death Date
Sep 27, 1886 (55)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
3, 1830
Birthplace
Winchester, VA
Death Date
Sep 27, 1886 (55)

About

A nineteenth-century American fiction and non-fiction writer and poet, he published thirty-one books and nearly two-hundred articles and poems. His best-known works include The Virginia Comedians and The Youth of Jefferson.

Before Fame

He practiced law for a short time in Richmond, Virginia. During the American Civil War, he fought for the Confederacy in the First Battle of Bull Run.

Trivia

The John Esten Cooke Fiction Award was named in his honor.

Family Life

He and his twelve siblings grew up on a Winchester, Virginia plantation. He married Frances Page in 1867.

Associated With

He wrote one of the first biographies of Stonewall Jackson.