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Thomas Cook

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Image published in 1894.

Thomas Cook (1808–1892), travel agent.

1841 Cook organized and personally conducted a railway excursion from Leicester to Loughborough for some 500 temperance supporters, who paid a shilling each. The journey was a great success and Cook afterwards looked back on it as "the starting point of a career of labour and pleasure which has expanded into … a mission of goodwill and benevolence on a grand scale"[1].

1841 Moved to Leicester where he set up business as a bookseller and printer - see T. Cook (of Leicester)

1845 Organised the first profit-making excursion trip. The business developed into Thomas Cook and Son

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Cook's Excursionist, 13 Sept 1856
  • Biography of Thomas Cook, ODNB