Arthur P. Cook

Arthur Purdon Cook. (Image: Duluth Public Library)

Arthur P. Cook is one of the enterprising citizens of Duluth, Minn., and a man who believes in what he does. He is a native of Chardon, Ohio, and was born December 13, 1861, the son of Alphens and Laura (Sanderson) Cook, both of whom were natives of Vermont.

He passed his boyhood in and about his native place, and acquired a good English education in the public schools. When twenty years old he became a druggist’s clerk and continued in that line, a short time after which he spent some three years in Dakota and at St. Paul, and in September, 1884, settled at Duluth and engaged in the drug business, which he continued until 1892, when he sold his interest to the firm of Smith & Chandler, which afterwards changed to the present firm of Smith & Smith.

Mr. Cook is a staunch Republican and has been actively identified with the local councils and affairs of his party, having served three times as chairman of the St. Louis County Republican Committee. He is a firm believer in the great future of Duluth and readily joins in progressive movements looking to her development and the betterment of the community.

In 1894 the board of commissioners of St. Louis county appointed him superintendent of the poor of the county, and such has been his efficiency that he has been kept in that office by reappointment continuously to the present time—1909.  Mr.Cook is a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine.

In 1887 he married Miss Ella A., daughter of George and Harriet (Bosworth) Senter, of Chardon, Ohio, and they have one child, George A., who was born November 19, 1892.

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  • Woodbridge, Dwight and John Pardee, eds. History of Duluth and St. Louis County Past and Present Vols. 1 – 2. C. F. Cooper & Company, Chicago: 1922.
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