Notes for Charles Lewis Cocke: Dr. Charles Lewis Cocke of Hollins Institute, now Hollins College.
"The history of Hollins is synonymous with the history of Charles Lewis Cocke, a young mathematics professor from Richmond who, at the age of 19, had written that he wished to dedicate himself to the “higher education of women in the South.” Within a few years Cocke fulfilled that dream by accepting the position offered him as principal of the institute which would become Hollins College. The motivating force behind the first women’s college in Virginia and one of the first in the nation, Charles Lewis Cocke is properly known as the founder of Hollins. Cocke was not only surprisingly single-minded at an early age, he was also ahead of his time. During an era when the education of women was thought to be a futile, even possibly dangerous business, Cocke wrote in 1857: “The plan and policy of this school recognizes the principle that in the present state of society in our country young women require the same thorough and rigid training as that afforded to young men.” Thus it was that Hollins dedicated itself early in its history to academic excellence for women and high standards of achievement." ____________________________________________________________________________________ 1870 US Census Salem, Roanoke Co, Virginia p361B
Also living with family - Martha Pleasants age 48 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 1880 US Census Census Place District 63, Salem, Roanoke, Virginia Family History Library Film 1255387 NA Film Number T9-1387 Page Number 565C
Charles L. COOKE Self M Male W 60 VA Supt. Of Hollins Inst.
More About Charles Lewis Cocke: Date born 2: 1820, Virginia.410 Census 1: 1870, Salem, Roanoke Co, Virginia. Census 2: 1860, Post Office: Salem, Roanoke, Virginia.411 Census 3: 1880, Census Place District 63, Salem, Roanoke Co, Virginia. Census 4: 1900, East Salem Dist, Roanoke Co, Virginia. Occupation: Bet. 1870 - 1900, Superintendant - Hollins Institute.412 Residence: 1860, Not Stated, Roanoke, Virginia.413
Children of Charles Lewis Cocke and Virginia Pleasants are: