Fields Cook was a Baptist minister andleader who wrote a of his early years in . Born in King William County to enslaved parents, Cook learned the rudiments of Christianity and from his master’s son. By and saving money, he purchased his freedom by 1850 and prospered in Richmond with his wife and children, whose freedom he also purchased. After the (1861–1865), he ministered in Chesterfield County and began working on behalf of the rights of freedpeople. He organized for the Republican Party between 1867 and 1869, but his view of the party was inclusive and made room even for former and Confederates. In 1869, he ran for United States Congress but received less than 1 percent of the vote. Cook spent his later years in Alexandria, where he worked as a bank agent and pastor, first of the Third Baptist Church and then of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. During the 1880s he supported the short-lived and its promise of a biracial coalition led by former Confederate general . Cook died in Alexandria in 1897.