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Edward COOPER

(1873-1928)

COOPER, Edward, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Treverton, Northumberland County, Pa., February 26, 1873; moved with his parents to Fayette County, W.Va., in 1875; attended public and private schools; was graduated from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1892, and subsequently from the law department of the same university; was admitted to the bar in 1894 and practiced law for three years in Bramwell, Mercer County, W.Va.; member of the town council for eight years; on the death of his father abandoned the practice of law and engaged in the development of coal properties in West Virginia; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1912; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; again engaged in the production of coal in Mercer and McDowell Counties, W.Va., and served as a director in several coal companies; died in Bluefield, W.Va., March 1, 1928; interment in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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