Biography of Arthur S. Cooley
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ARTHUR SEYMOUR COOLEY. In the profession of veterinary medicine Arthur S. Cooley, of Cleveland, has been one of the most prominent men of Ohio, both in his practice and in the constructive work he has done for the profession in general, and also for the valuable services he has rendered to the live stock growers of the state.

Doctor Cooley is a native of Cuyahoga County, and is of the third generation of his family in this county, his grandfather, Asher Cooley, having settled in Dover Township in the early part of the nineteenth century. Asher Cooley was born in Massachusetts, in the year 1787, and was a descendant of Robert Cooley, who was born in England in 1596, and with his wife, Anne, and three sons, sailed from England for America in April, 1634, and settled in the Massachusetts Colony. His son, Benjamin Cooley, the ancestor of Doctor Cooley, became one of the first citizens of Springfield, Massachusetts. In the year 1808 Asher Cooley married Lydia Smith, who was born in Connecticut in 1789, and a few years after their marriage they came to the Western Reserve and settled at what is now Dover Village, where they passed the remainder of their lives, Asher dying in 1853, his wife in 1866.

John M. Cooley, youngest of the ten children born to Asher Cooley and wife, was born on the Cooley farm in Dover Township on November 20, 1830, and died in 1907. On January 26, 1854, he married Lucy, the daughter of Bennet Seymour, who came from Connecticut to Ohio at an early date. She died on April 28, 1887. John M. Cooley devoted his active life to farming the old family home farm. In May, 1864, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Fiftieth Regiment, Ohio National Guard, and was serving in the One Hundred Day service when the Civil war came to a close. He took an active part in local public affairs, served as postmaster at Dover for a number of years, and in 1874 he was elected as a republican to the Ohio General Assembly.

Dr. Arthur S. Cooley, son of John M. and Lucy Cooley, was born on the Cooley homestead, which he now owns and occupies, on June 11, 1858. He grew up on the farm, and early in life manifested the scientific interest in live stock which decided his choice of a vocation, and which has brought him unusual prominence throughout the state in later years. His early education was acquired in the Dover schools, from which he entered Ohio State University. He then entered the Chicago Veterinary College (taking a part of the curriculum at the Eclectic Medical College of Chicago), where he was graduated with the degree of Veterinary Surgeon in 1887, and in the same year he entered the practice of his profession in Cleveland. While Doctor Cooley won success and lasting prestige as a practitioner, it is in the domain of public affairs that he has won statewide prominence. For seventeen years he was a member of Troop A, Ohio National Guard, during which period he served as veterinarian to the Ohio Squadron of Cavalry, with the rank of lieutenant, under commission from Governor Harris. He was active in organizing the Veterinary Section of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, and continues a member of the Academy. During the administration of Governor Willis, and a part of the administration of Governor Cox, Doctor Cooley served as state veterinarian. In 1920 he was elected on the republican ticket a member of the Ohio General Assembly, and was reelected in 1922. During the regular session of the Eighty-fourth Assembly he served as a member of the house committees on agriculture, public health and state and economic betterments. During the regular session of the Eightyfifth Assembly he served as chairman of the dairy and food committee of the House and as a member of the committees on public health, county aff airs, state and economic betterments, and on the important steering committee of the House. He introduced House Bill No. 187, regulating the length of time of storage for cold storage houses, which was enacted into law. Following Governor Donahey's message to the General Assembly in 1923, recommending the abolishment of the State Research Laboratory at Reynoldsburg, Doctor Cooley took the leading part in the effort to retain the laboratory, he having, introduced the joint resolution providing for the retention of the institution, which resolution was adopted. In many ways have the services of Doctor Cooley been of great value to the live-stock growers of Ohio. He has been active in assistance to boards of health in the prevention of the sale of infected meats and the introduction of diseased stock into the state, giving much of his time to the advancement of the public welfare in those directions. After a successful active professional career of over thirty years, Doctor Cooley retired from practice in 1921.

Doctor Cooley is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine (Veterinary Section), is a member of and former president of the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Association, is a member and former vice president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and a member and former vice president of the United States Live Stock Sanitary Association. He belongs to the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, the Cleveland Army and Navy Club, and is a veteran member of Woodward Lodge No. 508, Free and Accepted Masons.

On May 10, 1894, Doctor Cooley married Miss Flora A. Arnold, of Cleveland, and they are the parents of three children, as follows: Richard Seymour, a graduate of Ohio State University, is dairy and food commissioner of the City of Lakewood, Ohio. He married Myrle Krause, and is the father of two children, Marian Louise and Richard Arthur. Ellen L. married Kenneth Carter, an attorney of Cleveland, and is the mother of two children, Thalia Lucy and Jane Ellen. Lucy S. married Stiles W. Koons, assistant treasurer of the Cleveland Automatic Machine Company, and is the mother of a son, John David. The daughters of Doctor Cooley are twins. They were educated at Shaw High School, Western Reserve University and the Cleveland School of Art.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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