John Cooke

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John Cooke
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born 1837 in United States
Dead 1917-08-22 in United Kingdom

Spouse(s) Emily Cooke

Country United Kingdom

Title animal trainer 1868-1872
Location at Stone & Murray Circus in United States

Title owner 1866-
Location at Cooke’s Circus in United Kingdom

Biography details

John Henry Cooke Jr., circus director in United Kingdom

Born 1837 in United States dead 1917-08-22 in United Kingdom , son of animal trainer Henry Cooke .

John Cooke was born in New York in 1837, the son of Henry Cooke during an unsuccessful tour of the family circus in America. He took over the Royal Circus in 1866, following the death of his uncle Thomas Taplin Cooke. Trained as an equestrian juggler in the family circus and toured with them in France and Spain. He also spent some years in other circuses: Astley's, Sanger's and Henry Hengler's.

John Cooke died in Edinburgh on 22 August 1917, aged 80. He is buried in Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh. The distinctive grave carries a bronze bust and lies in a northern section of the original cemetery.


Total: 1 children

  1. Leon Cooke. Born: ?.


Siblings through the father Henry Cooke (1814 -- 1901):

  1. Henry Cooke Born 1845 Dead: † 1882

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director John Henry Cooke Jr. in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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