James F. Cook, Jr. was born on December 3, 1940 and studied at Young Harris College (1960), Emory University (1962), and Georgia State University (1964), after which he became an instructor of history at Georgia State. Cook received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia in 1972. He taught at Floyd College for thirty years, retiring in 2000, and was named Professor of History Emeritus in 2001. Cook has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Georgia history and politics. He is most well-known for the publications Governors of Georgia, 1754-2004; Carl Sanders: Spokesman of the New South; and Carl Vinson: Patriarch of the Armed Forces.
This collection primarily focuses on the research and publication of the book Carl Vinson: Patriarch of the Armed Forces by James F. Cook. Photocopies of research material, notes, correspondence, photographs, and transcripts of interviews conducted with Sam Nunn, Ed Vinson, Louis and Neta Stockstill, and Carl Sanders make up the majority of the files. There are three albums containing original correspondence between Carl Vinson and the Stockstills dating from 1962 to 1976. Also, there are a few of Cook’s early writings and a small amount of material related to his book Governors of Georgia, 1754-2004.
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