Of North Pittsburgh, born December 12, 1848, Allegheny City, the son of Dr. John F. and Sarah (Johnson) Cooper; educated in public schools; Duff’s College; and private schools; machinist and farmer for 21 years; pursued the oil and gas business; associated with Vandergrift Co. in Beaver County; A.F. Allen Brown and Peter Grace, oil producers; Forest Oil Co.; organized the Raccoon Oil Company with W.C. Kelley, Beaver County; and director of the Belleview Realty, Savings and Trust Company. Cooper was auditor of Beaver County for three years, and a member of the Beaver council for five; elected to the state Senate in 1910, serving 1911-1914; He served on the board of trustees for the Homeopathic Medical and Surgical Dispensary, Pittsburgh, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Americus Republican Club. He married Jennie Sarah Nevin in 1870. Senator Cooper died in Pittsburgh on June 9, 1934.
The Book of Prominent Pennsylvanians (Pittsburgh: Leader Publishing, 1913)