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Biography of William Bourke Cockran


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Cockran, William Bourke. Lawyer, orator. Born in Ireland, February 28, 1854. Educated in Ireland and France. Came to the United States in 1871. Taught in private academy, later principal of a public school in Westchester County, NY. Then became a lawyer, soon becoming prominent in New York City politics. Made noteworthy speeches at Democratic National Conventions, 1884 and 1892, opposing the nomination of Cleveland. Member of Congress, 1887-89, and 1891-95, as Democrat. In 1896 became advocate of the gold standard, and campaigned for McKinley. On issue of anti-imperialism, returned to Democratic Party, 1900, and campaigned for Bryan. Was again elected to Congress, February 23, 1904, at a special election to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of George B. McClellan. Re-elected 1904, 1906, 1920. Died 1923.