|Birth Day||November 3, 1830|
|Birth Place||Winchester, VA|
|Age||189 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||Sep 27, 1886 (age 55)|
A nineteenth-century American fiction and non-fiction Writer and poet, he published thirty-one books and nearly two-hundred articles and poems. His best-known works include The Virginia Comedians and The Youth of Jefferson.
The John Esten Cooke Fiction Award was named in his honor.
He and his twelve siblings grew up on a Winchester, Virginia plantation. He married Frances Page in 1867.
He wrote one of the first biographies of Stonewall Jackson.