05/08/1810 - 03/28/1863

COOPER, James, a Representative from Adams County; born, May 8, 1810 in Frederick County, Md.; graduated, Washington College (now Washington and Jefferson College), 1832; studied law under Thaddeus Stevens; brigadier general, United States Army (1861-1862, Civil War); commandant, Camp Chase, United States Army (1863, Civil War); attorney (1834-1863); elected, United States Congress (1839-1843); elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a Whig in 1843; reelected to the House in 1844, 1846 and 1848; elected, Speaker (1847); not a candidate for reelection to the House (1847); appointed, Pennsylvania Attorney General (July 31, 1848 – December 30, 1848); resigned from the House, March of 1849; elected, United States Senate (served, March 4, 1849-1855); died, March 28, 1863 at Camp Chase, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio; interred, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland.

Congressional Biography

After 4 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, James Cooper went on to serve in congress

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