Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
JAMES N. COOLEY was born in Le Roy, Genesee Co., N. Y., Sept. 10, 1817. His grandfather, Reuben Cooley, came
from Massachusetts and settled in Le Roy in 1811. When a boy, James N. went with his father, Benjamin Cooley, to
Chautauqua Co., N. Y., where he grew to manhood. He was the only child, and lived with his parents until the death
of his father, which occurred in 1850. From that time James N. continued to carry on the farm until 1865, when
he sold out and came to Kalamazoo County, and purchased a farm at "Carpenter's Corners," in the township
of Portage, where he has since resided. Upon this farm he has erected fine buildings and made substantial improvements,
farming being his principal business, although he has been engaged in the sale of agricultural implements, and
is at present engaged extensively in the sale of the spring-tooth harrow manufactured by D. Waterbury & Co.,
History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.