WILLIAM C. COOPER, Representative from Knox County, was born in 1832 in Knox county, Ohio, where he has always
resided. He received his education in the common schools and the Mt. Vernon Academy. He pursued the study of law
and was admitted to the bar in the year 1857.
In the year 1858 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of his county, and again re-elected in 1860. Mr. Cooper was
Mayor of the city of Mt. Vernon during the time from 1861 to 1863.
He was then commissioned First Lieutenant of Company "B" of the Fourth Ohio Regiment, and subsequently,
in the year 1864, Colonel of the One Hundred and Forty second Regiment belonging to the Army of the James.
After the close of the Rebellion he returned to the practice of his profession in Mt. Vernon, being the senior
member of the law firm of "Cooper, Porter and Mitchell." He is doubtless the best lawyer of his county,
and is still young in his profession.
In 1871 he was elected Representative from Knox county by the Republican vote, the only one on the ticket that
was elected, running ahead of his ticket about three hundred votes, receiving a majority of one hundred and sixty-seven.
Mr. Cooper was married in 1864 to the only daughter of the well known Dr. Russell, of Mt. Vernon.
He is Chairman of the Committee on Corporations, other than Municipal, and a member of the Judiciary Committee,
Committee on Revision, and of the Select Committee on Congressional Apportionment.
Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872
Ohio State Officials and the 60th General Assembly
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