Philip St. George Cocke was a wealthy
plantation owner in Powhatan
County and in Mississippi, who accumulated hundreds of slaves and thousands
of acres of land. He became a leading advocate of agricultural interests, serving as
president of the Virginia State Agricultural Society from 1853 to 1856, and promoting
agricultural education. Cocke served as a lieutenant in the United States Army during
the South Carolina Nullification Crisis i. . .
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