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Cooke, Wilds K. (1820–1882)

Carolyn Hyman Biography

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.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941). Ray A. Walter, A History of Limestone County (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1959).


  • First Legislature (1846)
  • Third Legislature (1849-1850)
  • House
  • Senate

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Carolyn Hyman, “Cooke, Wilds K.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 29, 2020,

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