Cook, O. F. (Orator Fuller), 1867-1949

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Biographical History

Orator Fuller Cook (1867-1949) was born in Clyde, New York. He was educated at Syracuse University, receiving the Ph.B. degree in 1890. After graduation, Cook remained at Syracuse as an Instructor in the Biology Department. From 1891 to 1897, Cook made several trips to Liberia as an agent for the New York Colonization Society and at various times served as Professor of Natural Sciences at Liberia College. In 1895, Cook joined the staff of the United States National Museum (USNM), in an honorary capacity, as Custodian of the Section of Myripoda of the Department of Insects. In 1898, Cook was appointed to a salaried position, as Assistant Curator in the Division of Plants, USNM. He resigned the following year to join the United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant Industry, where he remained until his death. He continued his association with the USNM as Custodian of the Section of Myripoda and was made Honorary Assistant Curator of the Section of Cryptogamic Collections of the Division of Plants in 1899.

Related entities

  • Cook, Alice Carter, b. 1868: Wife
  • Gilbert, G. B. (Grover Bruce): Collected with
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture: He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant Industry.

Birth Date

1867

Death Date

1949

Topic

Botany

Form/Genre

Personal name

Occupation

Botanists