Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.
Agricultural interests claim the time and attention of Mr. COOK, who resides in the town of Hanover, where his birth occurred on the 17th Of March, 1825. He is the fourth generation of the family living at this place. His father, John COOK, was born in 1787, and died in 1864. He followed the occupation of farming and was a well known citizen of this locality, always called by the title of "captain." He was identified with the Masonic fraternity.
On the old family homestead Mathias M. COOK spent the days of his boyhood and youth, and early became familiar with all the duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He acquired his elementary education in the common schools, and later attended the Rensselaer Institute, in Troy, New York. On laying aside his text-books he began farming on his own account and is now the owner of a valuable farm, comprising two hundred acres of rich and arable land, the greater part of which is under a high state of cultivation and yields to the owner a golden tribute in return for the care and cultivation he bestows upon it.
The COOK family have always been connected with the Presbyterian church, and in political faith our subject is a Republican, warmly advocating the party principles. He is one of the active and wide-awake farmers of Hanover township and a well known citizen of the county.
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