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John Gordon COOPER

(1872-1955)

COOPER, John Gordon, a Representative from Ohio; born in Wigan, England, April 27, 1872; immigrated to the United States in 1880 with his parents, who settled in Youngstown, Ohio; attended the public schools; began work in the steel mills in 1885; entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in 1896 and was employed as a locomotive fireman 1896-1900 and as an engineer 1900-1915; member of the Republican county committee in 1906; was a delegate to the Republican State convention in 1910; member of the State house of representatives 1910-1912; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-January 3, 1937); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; served as chairman of the Board of Claims, Ohio Industrial Commission, 1937-1945; retired from public and political activities in 1947 and resided in Youngstown, Ohio; died in Hagerstown, Md., January 7, 1955; interment in Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio.

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

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