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John COOPER

(1729-1785)

COOPER, John, a Delegate from New Jersey; born near Woodbury, Gloucester County, N.J., February 5, 1729; received a liberal education; member of the committee of correspondence for Gloucester County in 1774; member of the Provincial Congress in 1775 and 1776 and served on the committee that drafted the first constitution of New Jersey; appointed by the Provincial Congress treasurer of the western division of New Jersey and served from October 28, 1775, to August 31, 1776; served on the legislative council from Gloucester County 1776-1780 and 1784; elected to the Continental Congress in 1776, but did not attend; member of the State council of safety in 1778; elected judge of the pleas for Gloucester County courts on December 25, 1779; reelected in 1784, and served until his death in Woodbury, N.J., April 1, 1785; interment in Quaker Cemetery.

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

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