Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Richard Fielding Cooke

Marker ID: THC 2D 32
Location: TN 56, Putnam County, Baxter; at Buffalo Valley Road
County: Putnam
Waymark: None


Born in Virginia in 1787, Major Cooke served with Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. Moving to Tennessee with his family in 1816, Cooke settled nine miles southwest of Cookeville, acquiring 3000 acres. Serving in the Tennessee Senate, 1851-1854, Cooke sponsored the 1854 bill to reestablish Putnam County; the bill named the county seat "Cookeville." Cooke died in 1870.