William Michael Cocke

William Michael Cocke (* July 16, 1815 in Rutledge, Grainger County, Tennessee; † February 6, 1896 in Nashville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. From 1845 to 1849 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Cocke was a grandson of the same U.S. Senator William Cocke (1747-1828) and a nephew of Congressman John Alexander Cocke ( 1772-1854 ). After a good basic education, he studied at East Tennessee College in Knoxville. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Rutledge and Nashville to work in his new profession.

At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. Cocke was a deputy in the House of Representatives from Tennessee. In the congressional elections of 1844 he was in the second electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Tandy Senter on March 4, 1849. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1849 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Mexican-American War. Since 1847, Cocke was chairman of the committee that dealt with pensions for veterans of the American Revolution.

In 1848 Cocke on a bid again. In the following decades, he held various offices at the local and state level. He died on February 6, 1896 in Nashville, where he was also buried.