James Cooper (Pennsylvania politician)

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James Cooper
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 4, 1855
Preceded bySimon Cameron
Succeeded byWilliam Bigler
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
July 31, 1848 – December 30, 1848
GovernorWilliam F. Johnston
Preceded byBenjamin Champneys
Succeeded byCornelius Darragh
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byDaniel Sheffer
Succeeded byAlmon H. Read
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1810-05-08)May 8, 1810
Frederick County, Maryland
DiedMarch 28, 1863(1863-03-28) (aged 52)
Columbus, Ohio
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Jane Mary Miller Cooper
Alma materWashington & Jefferson College
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Years of service1861 – 1863
RankBrigadier General
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

James Cooper (May 8, 1810 – March 28, 1863) was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician, who served in the United States Congress.


General James Cooper

Cooper lived much of his life in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and was its Speaker for a year. He represented Pennsylvania in both the United States Senate and the U.S. House.

When the American Civil War started, Cooper raised a brigade of volunteers in Maryland and was appointed brigadier general of volunteers in May 1861. His brigade served in Franz Sigel's division during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. In poor health, he was assigned as commandant of Camp Chase, a military staging, training and prison camp near Columbus, Ohio, where he died in 1863.

James Cooper is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, near his birthplace in Frederick, Maryland.

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External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "James Cooper (id: C000753)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 12, 2008.
  • "James Cooper". Find a Grave. Retrieved February 12, 2008.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Daniel Sheffer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1839 – March 4, 1843
Succeeded by
Almon H. Read
Legal offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Champneys
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Cornelius Darragh
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Simon Cameron
U.S. senator (Class 3) from Pennsylvania
March 4, 1849 – March 4, 1855
Served alongside: Daniel Sturgeon and Richard Brodhead
Succeeded by
William Bigler