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Lemuel Cook
Born (1759-09-10)September 10, 1759
Died May 20, 1866(1866-05-20) (aged 106)
Place of birth Litchfield County, Connecticut, British Empire
Place of death Clarendon, Orleans County, New York, United States of America[1]
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Continental Army
Years of service 1775-1784
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War
Other work Farmer

Lemuel Cook (September 10, 1759 – May 20, 1866) was one of the last verifiable surviving veterans of the American Revolutionary War. He was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut to Henry Cook and his wife Hannah Benham. Enlisting in the Continental Army at the age of sixteen, Cook fought at Brandywine and in the Virginia campaign, and was present at Charles Cornwallis' surrender. He received an honorable discharge signed by George Washington on June 12, 1784. Following the war, Cook became a farmer and married Hannah Curtis. Cook and Washington had seven sons and three daughters.

Lemuel Cook died at the age of 106 and was buried with full military and masonic honors. He was one of seven Revolutionary War veterans who, having survived into the age of photography, were featured in the 1864 book The Last Men of the Revolution (which gives many more details of his life). He was the last survivor of 2nd Continental Light Dragoons.[2]

See also


  • Reverend E.B. Hillard, The Last Men of the Revolution (1864), republished 1968 with additional notes by Wendell Garrett.

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