Born: August 28, 1850, East Worcester, New York.
Died: July 30, 1927, Maximo, St. Petersburg, Florida, or Elgin, Illinois (sources differ).
Buried: Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, Illinois.
David was the son of Ezra Sprague Cook and Permelia Milk, and husband of Marguerite Murat.
He began his publishing career as a
printer’s devil (an apprentice in his father’s shop).
In 1875, David and Marguerite founded the David C. Cook Publishing Company, which grew out of a sewing machine apparatus business he started in his father’s print shop.
When the Great Chicago Fire destroyed the business in 1871, he restarted it, then established the publishing company. Its first printing plant was on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.
It became a leading evangelical publishing house, churning out large amounts of literature for churches and Sunday Schools. As of 2015, the company was based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.