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James Cooper (Pennsylvania)

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James Cooper (Pennsylvania)

James Cooper
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 4, 1855
Preceded by Simon Cameron
Succeeded by William Bigler
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Daniel Sheffer
Succeeded by Almon H. Read
Personal details
Born (1810-05-08)May 8, 1810
Frederick County, Maryland
Died March 28, 1863(1863-03-28) (aged 52)
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Jane Mary Miller Cooper
Alma mater Washington & Jefferson College
Profession Politician, Lawyer

James Cooper (May 8, 1810 – March 28, 1863) was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician, who served in the United States Congress.


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Cooper lived much of his life in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and was its Speaker for a year. He represented Pennsylvania in both the United States Senate and the U.S. House.

When the American Civil War started, Cooper raised a brigade of volunteers in Maryland and was appointed brigadier general of volunteers in May 1861. His brigade served in Franz Sigel's division during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. In poor health, he was assigned as commandant of Camp Chase, a military staging, training and prison camp near Columbus, Ohio, where he died in 1863.

James Cooper is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, near his birthplace in Frederick, Maryland.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Daniel Sheffer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1839 – March 4, 1843
Succeeded by
Almon H. Read
United States Senate
Preceded by
Simon Cameron
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Pennsylvania
March 4, 1849 – March 4, 1855
Served alongside: Daniel Sturgeon and Richard Brodhead
Succeeded by
William Bigler
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