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Schultzville, and Nora Frances married John

Dr. Cotter was born in the town of Fleas-
ant Valley, April 6, 1851, and owing to his
father's reduced circumstances he was obliged
to make his own way from the age of twelve
years, when he began working for John Van-
Wagenen, of East Park, with whom he remained
five years, attending school in the winter and
occasionally finding a chance to go during the
summer term. He was employed as a farm
hand until the age of twenty-three; but his
great desire for knowledge, and determination
to make the most of every opportunity, never
failed him. In 1868 and '69 he attended
Dutchess County Academy under Prof. Pel-
ham, but was compelled to give up his studies
one month before graduation, and return to
his labors upon the farm. In 1874 he began
his medical studies with Dr. Denny, and later
continued them with Dr. Hoyt. After a pre-
liminary course of reading he entered the Albany
Medical College, a branch of Union Univer-
sity, and his vacations were also devoted to
study in the office of his preceptor. On Feb-
ruary 3, 1878, his long toil was rewarded by
the bestowal of the degree of M. D., and he
immediately began practicing at Mt. Ross,
Dutchess county, where he remained until Au-
gust, 1880, when he moved to Jackson Corners
and continued his professional work. In May,
1894, his nephew succeeded him there, and
he moved to Poughkeepsie, where he has built
up a flourishing practice.

In August, 1880, the Doctor married Miss
Mary Smith, of Gallatin, Columbia Co. , N. Y.,
by whom he had two children: John Isaac,
born in August, 1881, and William Henry,
born in June, 1885, and died in August of the
same year. The mother passed away in July,

1885, and in February, 1888, the Doctor
formed a second matrimonial union, this time
with Miss Mary Frances Calvey, of Gallatin.
They have had two children: Lawrence, born
in September, 1891, and Mary Alice, born in
February, 1893. The Doctor is a well-in-
formed man on general questions as well as on
his special line of work, and he is interested in
politics as a firm upholder of Democratic prin-
ciples. He was health officer for Milan and
Gallatin for several years, and at present is
postmaster at Jackson Corners. He is a mem-
ber of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church,
and of the Catholic Benevolent League; he also
belongs to the Order of Elks, and is a member
of the Knights of St. George.

C!\^RENUS P. DORLAND, surrogate of
_' Dutchess county, and a prominent lawyer
of Poughkeepsie, was born February 28, 1848.
The first of the Dorland family to locate in
Dutchess county was Enoch, of Holland de-
scent, who came from Long Island and bought
a farm in the town of Lagrange. He had
four children, viz.: Gilbert Dorland, who mar-
ried Jennie Hegeman, of Lagrange; Dorcas,
who married George Congdon; Anna, who
married Treadwell Townsend; and Phebe, who
married Joseph Irish. Gilbert Dorland, who
was the grandfather of our subject, left the fol-
lowing children: Enoch Dorland, who belonged
to the Society of Friends, and who for a long
time conducted the Nine Partners School at
Mechanic, in the town of Washington, in this
county; Gilbert, who carried on agricultural
pursuits in Dutchess count}'; John, a farmer
of Columbia county; Cynthia, who married
Nemiah Place, who for many years was post-
master at Fishkill Landing; James, who was
a lawyer, and who, during the greater part of
his life, lived in the South; Adrian, who in
early life followed farming; Dorcas, who mar-
ried Moses Alley, an agriculturist; Abby. who
married John Tripp, a farmer; Peter, the fa-
ther of our subject, is next in order of birth;
Zachariah, who was for many years a school
teacher, and is now a commercial traveler;
Philip, a Quaker preacher; and Phebe, who
married John Nelson, a farmer. The father
of this family followed farming exclusively as
a life vocation, and in religious faith he was an
Orthodox Friend.

Peter Dorland, the father of our subject,
was born at Fishkill Plains, in the year 181 5;



Avas reared upon a farm, and in his younger
days taught school in his home neighborhood.
He married Catherine E. Miller, who was born
in the town of Lagrange, March 8, 1821, a
a daughter of John and Margaret Miller,
farming people of the same town; the former
was of Holland lineage, and a native of West-
chester county; the latter was a native of
Fishkill, Dutchess county. Shortly after their
marriage Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dorland removed
to Matteawan, Dutchess county, and he there
taught school for some time. He then moved
to Poughkeepsie, where he taught school a
short time, also studied law, and then returned
to Matteawan, finished his studies and was
admitted to the bar. He served several terms
as justice of the peace of that town. In the
fall of 1859 he was elected, by the Republican
party, surrogate of the county, when he again
moved back to Poughkeepsie, where he lived
until 1890, having been honored by his party
with the nomination and election for the third
time. He held the office for the long term of
fourteen years. He and his wife were earnest
workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Six children were born to them as follows:
Emma, who never married; Lettie M., who is
now deceased; John M., an attorney at Pough-
keepsie; Cyrenus P., our subject, and Myron
and Kate, both of whom are dead.

Cyrenus P., the fourth in order of birth of
the family, spent his early life at Fishkill
Landing, where he attended the district school.
After his parents removed to Poughkeepsie he
attended the public school some time, and
then entered the Dutchess County Academy,
where he pursued his studies for three years.
At the age of seventeen he went to New York
City, and was employed for some time in the
wholesale cloth house of S. Hutchinson & Co.;
then returned home and went into an office
with his father, who was then surrogate.

Mr. Dorland studied law, and was admit-
ted to the bar in 1875. He has always been
a leading Republican, and in 1879 was elected
by that party a justice of the city, in which
capacity he served seven years, having been
elected the second time. In 1 886 he was nomi-
nated and elected recorder of the city, and
after serving his term was nominated and
' elected surrogate of the county, serving the
term of si.\ years. In 1896 he was again nom-
. inated and elected by the same party, by a
. very large majority, leading the whole ticket
by a very handsome vote, and is at present

holding the office. He has discharged its re-
sponsible duties with ability and faithfulness,
and to the satisfaction of the people, and has
now the reputation of a man of integrity and
high principle.

In 1S72 Mr. Dorland was united in mar-
riage with Miss Kate S. Cary, who was born
in Poughkeepsie, and whose father, Gilbert
Cary, was for many years engaged in the
freighting business in that city. Three chil-
dren were born to them: Leslie C, Clarence
(deceased) and Mary W. Mr. Dorland and
his family attended the Washington Street
Methodist Church. He is a public-spirited
man, and is interested in all matters pertaining
to the public welfare.

CAPT. JAMES E. MUNGER, a leading
^ business man of Fishkiil-on-Hudson,
Dutchess county, a wholesale and retail dealer
in lumber and building materials, also well
known as a contractor and builder, is a native
of New York City, born January 29, 1838, the
son of James E. and Julia A. (Albee) Munger.
The public schools of his native city af-
forded him excellent opportunities for an edu-
cation, and at sixteen he began to learn the
milling trade, at White Lake, N. Y., with
John T. Linson. The business was not con-
genial, but he completed his apprenticeship of
three years, and then learned the carpenter's
trade, and engaged in contracting and building
on his own account at Fishkill, N. Y. With
the exception of three years during the Civil
war, he has followed this ever since, in con-
nection with other enterprises. For eight
years of the time he owned a schooner, of
which he took charge as captain, carrying
freight on the Hudson river, and Long Island
Sound, and for the last twelve years he has
been engaged in tjie lumber trade at Fishkill-
on-Hudson, having purchased the business of
Andrew Barnes. His office is on Main street,
while his yard is on Elm street, in rear of the
"Holland House," where he has a large cov-
ered yard well stored with all kinds of builders'

Capt. Munger is extremely popular through-
out this locality, where his family has long
been well and favorably known, his father
having been a native of Dutchess county. As
a leading worker in the Republican party, the
Captain has been tendered nominations for the
best offices in the county; but he does not care


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to go I'll Ic-rZ-V iiilO pO.iLlCS. nc nSuS. nOW-

ever. serve"" for many years as tmstee of tbe
village :: y ^ nrsinceth-e

of 1*9^ hi; :_ :_ -; _:p supyervisor. :

re-elected every year: in 1896 was chosen for
a term of t^o years, and is at present chair-
man of the board. His war record is an hon-
orable one. He enlisted in Angost, 1S62, in
the 128th N- Y. V. I., and was promoted to
the rank of commissary sergeant, and was also
actiDg qnartermaster for eig'r- :as in

the absence of 5. H. Mase. A zis po-

sition would have excnsed hir ' active

service on the field, he vo!Gntanl_> ; ._ i part in
every battle in which his regiment engaged.
He rose fiom a sick bed tD join in the cght at
Port Hudson, was in the engagement at Pearl
River, and ser\"ed all through the Red River
campaign, while later he was in the battles of
Winchester. Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek
At the latter, when the enemy had all but stir-
roanded the Federal forces. Capt. Munger
made a dash to secnre the commissary and
quartermaster records: but before he cccld
reach the tent a shell exploded, overrrrrirr
the tent and scattering its contents
directions. While gathering cr ; ~= -.:.t

important papers and placing t: v-

ersack. another shell exp a

piece striking the straps of : ;:r ;.ad

fearing it ont of his hand. Even at that mo^
ment. with the death-dealing shells flying and
bnrsting all around him. his sei?se of humor
did not desert him, for he : : - = com-

rades and exclaimed. wh_i ..^. ;.::., up the
remnants of the haversack: "Look at that,
boys: pretty hot. aint it ? "" He was at all
times the life of his regiment, full of fnn and
ambition, as well as courage, and with his vio-
lin he cheered many a despondent i~- hr^rre-
sick comrade. He remained in the ;r: :.;:'.
the close of the war. and was mustered out in
July. 1S6;. He is a member of several fra-
ternal orders: River\-iew Ledge Xo. 560, I.
O. O. F. : MeLringale Lodge No. 504. K. of
P.: Beacon Lodge\o. 2S5. F. JcA.M.: How-
land Post No. 4S. G. A. R, : and is an bonor-
ars" member of the Lewis Tompkins Hose

any account of hi:
come * : '

that hr _„:


or wc.

them, i

JAMES HERVEY COOK, of Fisbkill-on-
the-H'>;dson, Dntchess county, is a promi-
nent member of the legal fraternity. He
is one of the basi^t of men. devoted to bis

He thoneht bv such

"js he bad no-t

- _; -"T!

a tioie a man
these arozmd
tiiev Ijad been

brocght into personal n-encshics- But he
consented to give a little ouiiine, saying Thar
as it was the w-ish of the pcblishsrs of this en-
ter? " - . ■ ' - brie?

construed were be to deckne to rebate 5:ine-
thing of the way along which be had come.
when he had so mach to be thankft:! f or.

He told US that be was a r ' z-

sonbcrg. Warren Cc N. J., a : r .as

the birthplace of Benjamin Lnndy. tbe very
first of all the great leaders :r : :^atii:g

the slave, of whom Horace G: .ires 3

fnU sketch in the £:-: r.e ci nis nisiory of

the war of the Ret e li is in th-e midst

of a picturesqae region, there being a succes-
sion of hills r.:' ' '-' :rd. exiecdiug from
the AUaiEEchy ; _ a the east, to the
Blue Mountain range, on the w^t, and in inil
\-iew some ten miles away, is Delaware Water-
Gap, which has been fcr a ione time a fashion-
able resort, being scr- ; and
charming scenery. Jc:: - '^ ;: eariy
significance, and was known as Log GaoL be-
ing the county seat of Sussex .' ": t745-
and taking its name fseca the ,: hocse
that served jail pnrposes- Snssex w^s a:\~ced
in 1S24. and that part became the "dipper por-
tion of Warren county, named in honor of the
patriot who fell at Bcnker HiD. and rightly, as
the majority in those two counties were active
in battling for freedom in the Revolution-
Mr ' is of Pilgrim ancesiry. His
trreat-s: er, Elisha Cooke, migrated from
the old to'.vs of Plymocth. in Massachusetts.
about the vear 1745. having the dauntless
SfHrit of those fathers of New England, locat-
ing at Srst at Mendham. near Morxistown.
The oldest tombstone in the old Pnesb^-terian
churchyard there is that of Dar :e, who
was most likely a relative. A ..::.; .iter, in
174S, Eli^a Cooke became one of tbe nrst
settlers around Johnsonbnrg. N. J., and pur-
chased some £ve hundred acres of land, which
has been largely occupied by his niimerons
descendants. He was of sturdy intellect, in-
flexible in the religions faith of his fathers, and
he loved to tell of their virtoes. He was the



fourth in direct descent from Francis Cooke.
who came with Bradford and Brewster in the
"Mayflower," and was one of that historic
company who went with them for conscience
sake to Holland, where he married a French
Protestant, a Walloon, a f)eople that had suf-
fered from so-called religious persecutions. He
was one of the most respected members of that
heroic band. He felled trees in their first
vs^inter alongside of Miles Standish: his house
was among the first seven that were built, and
was next to that of Edward Winslow. after-
ward Governor; as a SDr^■eyor of highways he
was associated with Winslow and Bradford.
It is said that he did much to advance the
growth of the colony, and was one of the most
thrifty of the settlers. He was on intimate
terms with those leading families, his children
marrying into them. One son married a daugh-
ter of Richard Warren, as did also the father
of the famous Capt. Church, and another son,
in direct line with our Mr. Cook, married Da-
maris Hopkins, whose father was the ancestor of
Stephen Hopkins, Governor of Rhode Island.
and a signer of the Declaration of Independ-
ence. A daughter married a Capt. Thomi>son.
Grandsons were with Capt. Church in the
King Philips war. and their families, being
connected, were brought near to him. and
were conspicuous when the chieftain fell, one
of them ordering the friendly Indian at his side
to fire the fatal shot, his own flint missing fire.
Mr. Cooks birth was in a farm home, upon
one of the estates of his grandfather, James
Cooke, the honored head of a large family,
with the strict religions views of his New Eng-
land ancestry, and who had been from the
first establishment of the Presbrterian Church
a revered elder. His oldest son, Frederick
S. . the father of him whom we are sketching,
was of an unusually good and clear under-
standing, intelligent, of the strictest integrity,
and could not be otherwise than religious.
Li\"ing a quiet life, he was only known fully by
those immediately around him. He thought
the letter -'e "" in the Cooke name superfluous,
and dropped its use, as others of the family
have done. Edward Cooke, the great Eng-
ird lawyer, was of this family, and struck out
one • ' o " ) as we by his biographer to

please his secc' _ :_ In the earlier days
there was no regularity in spelling, and in that ;
way many family names have undergone
changes in spelling. Mr. Cooks father died in
1867, much respected by all who knew him.

His grave is in the family burial plot at Succa-
sunna. N. J., in the old churchyard of the
Presbyterian Church. Among other tombs,
there is that of Mahlon Dickerson. who was
Governor. United States Senator, and Secre-
tar\- of the Navy in Jacksons administration.

Mr. Cook speaks with great affection of his
mother, as being a woman of ver}" superior
mould, and as directing her children with her
wise counsel. She was endowed with the
finest qualities of a Christian mind and heart,
and was always an inspiration to them. She
died a few years ago deeply mourned. Her
father was Gershom Bartow, a leading man in
northwestern New Jersey, and a lineal de-
scendant of Francois Barteau, a Huguenot, who
came with other Huguenots to Long Island.
Her mother was an Ogden, a name conspicu-
ous for ability and patriotism in the annals of
the State. A noble brother, who did patriotic
ser\ice in the Civil war, died in 1894. Two
sisters, who have his warm affection, are in
the old homestead.

Mr. Cook was taught in his home and in
the neighboring schools in early boyhood. He
speaks of his first teachers as being good in-
structors, and says that he had a love for
study. His thirst for learning led him to seek
it in every way. and the home had often late
study hours. During his boyhood his father
moved to the site of Ledgewood. a mountain-
encircled plain, near Schooleys Mountain, and
a few miles to the southwest are the famous
Schooleys Mountain Springs. The Morris
canal runs along the farm, and near by is one
of its locks, and a short distance off are two of
the famous inclined planes. About three
miles to the northwest is the romantic Lake
Hopatcong, visited for its great natural beauty.
Upon the farm is a deposit of valuable Infuso-
rial Earth, which has attracted the attention
of learned scientists, and is regarded as being
in quality equal to the best German beds, in
which he is interested.

It was there that Mr. Cook grew to man-
hood. The public schools were good, and
he says that he owes much to one of those
teachers who had a large acquaintance with
literature, aside from instructing well in math-
ematics and introducing them to the study of
Latin. He was a superior elocutionist, and
his pupils became good readers and declaimers,
being taught to read eSectively the best liter-
ary productions. He took great pains to have
them practice in composition and debating.



and Mr. Cook says he has never known better
readers and declaimers than there were in that
countn.' school. Thej" were made familiar
with the writing? of the best authors. Not in
the neighboring academ3- did he have better
teaching. Bnt he tells most prondlj" of his
later Principal in the Chester Institute, Will-
iam Rankin, as being one of the finest scholars
he ever knew. Of rich natural endowments,
indeed great, he was richer in his scholastic
attainments, being a rare linguist, a scientist
and a historian, with the Master's degree from
Yale. He was a bom teacher, and many went
out from his school into advanced college
classes. There Mr. Cook read both Latin and
Greek, and made himself familiar with the
classic authors. He admires Virgil, Horace
and Cicero greatly, and frequently p>ores over
them, and studies the pages of Homer and De-
mosthenes. That Principal was his most inti-
mate friend, and gave him ever\- encourage-
ment. Another close friend %vas a teacher in
that school, who loved to argae as well as did
Goldsmith's schoolmaster, and who became a
leading legislator in New Hampshire. With
him he had many friendly contentions in de-

Mr. Cook was early interested in politics,
and listened with deep and even passionate
interest to political discussions. He would go
far and near to listen to eloquent speakers,
and heard the foremost orators. In political
meetings he would frequently take part in
speaking, and would report speeches for his
party paper, to which he was an occasional con-
tributor. Those political contests were warm,
just preceding the Civil war, and at the Insti-
tute, and later, he firmly planted himself on
the side of the old ilag. and oSered to give his
services in the great struggle. His brother en-
listed, and he could not go, but the whole
family contributed largely from their means to
give aid. .\bout that time he began reading
law, under the direction of Jacob Vanatta. a
leading lawyer at Morristown, an eloquent ad-
vocate, and afterward one of New Jersey's
ablest attorney generals. In the fall of 1S65
he entered the Law Department of the Uni-
versity of Alban}-, graduating in November,
1 866. Two of those professors were Ira
Harris, then United States Senator, and
Amasa J. Parker, both distinguished jurists.
Judge Parker was a stanch friend. * Among
those classmates were a number who have
risen to distinction. William McKinlej", now

President, being the most widely known. Mr.
■r : : -'- ?. member of t^~ "' - es. whicii
any talented yc ^ ~ and was

caosen xresident of the Saiuiuay Evemng
Congress, a society for general debate, num-
bering the foremost of those ambitious law
stndents. although a majority differed from
him in pwlitics.

After graduating at the Law School, Mr.
Cook was urged to spend the winter of 1S66
and 1S67 at Etover, X. J., to attend to the law
practice of a prominent lawyer, who had jast
been elected to the Legislature, and who :n-

him as a partner;
:e along the Hud-
son, Mr. Cook sett 1- .y. 1S67, at Fish-
kill-on-the-Hudson. where he has since been

sisted on his remaining with
but having resolved : ^

actively engaged in
widely known in the
r -c - tnd advr -
- - re or les-

all the courts. He is
profession. He is both
"" - ' ~is had many
c . in which he
has met with a marked success. He has al-
wa3"S been painstaking and laborious in ob-
taining fully the facts from his clients, and
has been untiring in his efforts to look up the
law. with a detemiination to state his cases in
clear arguments to judge and jur\'.

Mr. Cook has been deeply interested in the
duties of a citizen, and is pronounced in his
political views, being attached firmly to the
principles of the Democratic party, which he
has never failed to ur^ in public speech; but
he has never allowed political questions to be
discussed in his office, believing that those who
differ from him politically should not be an-
noyed by fruitless discussions, when business
should have undivided attention; with that
reasonable tolerance for the opinions of others
they have shown a like generosity and the re-
sult has been that he has as many clients in
the opposite party as in his own. He has
never held public office, feeling it is better for
a lawyer to give himself wholly to his profes-
sional duties. To gratify a number in his
pally, he was a candidate, in 1SS6, for the
Legislature, when he made a strong canvass
against great odds; but was not elected. At
that time he had a warm letter from George
William Curtis, approving of his independent
coarse. Mr. Curtis mentioned him ver\" hon-
orably afterward in an editorial in •• Harper "s
Weekly, " commending him to the whole coun-
try-. He has not clung to his party when he
has been satisfied that the candidate was unfit
for office, and he was a delegate to the famous



Syracuse Convention, when independents met
ifl opposition to leading men among tiieir for-
itter political friends, from whom thej' differed
ih regard to political action growing out of the
contest which resulted in seating Senator Os-
borne after the miscount in Dutchess county.
Mr. Cook at once disapproved of that course
in a public letter, widely published, and also,
as to the later candidacy of Maynard for Judge
of the Court of Appeals, who became involved
ih that controversy, and who was overwhelm-
ingly defeated. In 1896 Mr. Cook was again
a candidate for the Assembly, with no hope of
success, being among those in his party who
would not support the majority in his party,
on account of the financial question, and the
Un-democratic platform, as he terms it, and
independently gave aid to the Republican can-
didate for President, as Mr. Cook did directly
for patriotic motives.

Mr. Cook has always been interested in
historical matters, especially those relating to
our Colonial and Constitutional history, has
dorresponded with leading historical scholars,
and given many historical addresses and papers
before public assemblies. He is now first
vice-President of the Historical Society of
Newburgh Bay and the Highland, is a member
(or fellow) of the American Geographical So-
ciety, and has been connected with other socie-

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