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Henry Allen COOPER

(1850-1931)

COOPER, Henry Allen, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Spring Prairie, Walworth County, Wis., September 8, 1850; moved with his parents to Burlington, Wis., in 1851; attended the common schools; was graduated from Burlington High School in June 1869, from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1873, and from Union College of Law (then the legal department of Northwestern University and of the old University of Chicago) in 1875; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Burlington, Wis.; elected district attorney of Racine County in November 1880; moved to the city of Racine in January 1881; reelected district attorney without opposition in 1882 and 1884; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1884, 1908, and 1924; member of the State senate 1887-1889 and author of the bill which became the law first establishing the Australian secret ballot system in the State of Wisconsin; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1919); chairman, Committee on Rivers and Harbors (Fifty-fifth Congress), Committee on Insular Affairs (Fifty-sixth through Sixtieth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; again elected to the Sixty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1921, until his death; had been reelected to the Seventy-second Congress; died in Washington, D.C., March 1, 1931; interment in Mound Cemetery, Racine, Wis.

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

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