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George Byran COOPER

(1808-1866)

COOPER, George Byran, a Representative from Michigan; born at Long Hill, Morris County, N.J., June 6, 1808; attended the public schools; moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1830, and later, in 1835, to Jackson, Mich., where he engaged in mercantile pursuits; postmaster of Jackson from 1836 to 1846; member of the State senate in 1837 and 1838; established an iron foundry at Jackson in 1840; served in the State house of representatives in 1842; State treasurer of Michigan from March 17, 1846, to March 13, 1850; engaged in banking at Jackson in 1851; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1859, to May 15, 1860, when he was succeeded by William A. Howard, who successfully contested his election; resided in New Bedford, Wall Township, Monmouth County, until his death on August 29, 1866; interment probably at Shark River, N.J.

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

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