Wilds K. Cooke, physician and state legislator, was born in 1820, probably in Kentucky. He moved to Texas in 1840 and settled in Robertson County. He served as a representative in the Ninth Congress of the republic and in the First Texas Legislature and as a senator in the Third Legislature. Cooke practiced medicine near Springfield, Limestone County. He is listed in the 1850 Census as a physician and in the agricultural census of that year as a farm owner. He died in 1882 leaving about $8,000 in property to his heir, Brown K. Cooke, an adopted minor. Wilds's brother, Hiram W. Cooke, was a Texas Ranger.