John Mason Cook

John Mason Cook
Birth and death
1834 - 1899
Profession details
Travel agent
Related place
Alistair Grant

John Mason Cook (1834-1899), travel agent, son of Thomas Cook. Beginning with railway excursions around Britain the 'Cook's tour' of Europe had became a byword for tourism, and critics like Charles Lever accused Cook of swamping Europe with 'everything that is low-bred, vulgar and ridiculous'. In 1866 John Cook took tourists to America to see scenes of the recent civil war, and by the end of the decade was taking people to Egypt and the Holy Land. In 1878 he expanded the business into a lucrative foreign banking and money exchange department, and helped to develop travellers' cheques. He died at Mount Felix, his residence in Walton-on-Thames.

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