JAMES FENIMORE COOPER. - In speaking of this noted American novelist, William Cullen Bryant said: "He wrote
for mankind at large, hence it is that he has earned a fame wider than any American author of modern times. The
creations of his genius shall survive through centuries to come, and only perish with our language." Another
eminent writer (Prescott) said of Cooper: "In his productions. every American must take an honest pride; for
surely no one has succeeded like Cooper in the portraiture of American character, or has given such glowing and
eminently truthful pictures of American scenery."
James Fenimore Cooper was born September 15, 1789, at Burlington, New Jersey, and was a son of judge William Cooper.
About a year after the birth of our subject the family removed to Otsego county, New York, and founded the town
called "Cooperstown." James Fenimore Cooper spent his childhood there and in 1802 entered Yale College,
and four years later became a midshipman in the United States navy. In 1811 he was married, quit the seafaring
life, and began devoting more or less time to literary pursuits. His first work was "Precaution," a novel
published in 1819, and three years later he produced "The Spy, a Tale of Neutral Ground," which met with
great favor and was a universal success. This was followed by many other works, among which may he mentioned the
following: The Pioneers," "The Pilot," "Last of the Mohicans," "The Prairie,"
"The Red Rover," "The Manikins," "Homeward Bound," "Home as Found," "History
of the United States Navy," "The Pathfinder," "Wing and Wing," "Afloat and Ashore,"
"The Chain-Bearer," "Oak Openings," etc. J. Fenimore Cooper died at Cooperstown, New York,
September 14, 1851.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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