William H. Cookman spent most of his professional life as an architect and engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1887 and for the years 1887 to 1890 is listed in the Philadelphia city directories as a salesman or an artist. From 1891 to 1893 he is noted as a draftsman, with no office address listed; and in 1894 he is listed as an architect, a profession which remains on his city directory listing through 1930.
The earliest citation of Cookman as an architect in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide occurs in 1901, and at that point he was already working for the Pennsylvania Railroad, designing a passenger station at 52nd Street in Philadelphia.
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