William Cocke was born in Amelia County, Virginia back in 1748 to Abraham and Mary. Educated at home before reading law, he was admitted to the bar in Virginia. After graduation, he engaged in a limited law practice spending more time on the frontier than in his law office. He spent time with Daniel Boone exploring eastern Kentucky and East Tennessee.
He was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1776. He led four companies of men into the North Carolina’s Washington District for action against the Indians. He was appointed a judge in the First Judicial Circuit of Tennessee in 1809. In 1813, he returned to the military serving under Andrew Jackson in the Creek War. He died in 1828, in Columbus Mississippi.
What you may not know about William Cocke is that (as far as I could find) he is the only person to serve in the state legislature for four different states: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi. He was one of the first two United States senator for Tennessee.
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