son of John Cooper, and grandson of John Cooper, Sr., a native of New
Jersey, was born in the town of Enfield, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Nov. 7, 1822.
At the age of three years he removed with his father’s family to Alpine,
Cayuga Co., where he resided for nine years. He then removed to the town
of Chemung (now Baldwin), in Chemung County, where he assisted his father
in clearing and improving the farm. He was thus engaged until his twenty-fourth
year. In 1842 he purchased twenty-eight and a half acres of land, and two
years later twenty-six acres more, after which he embarked in agricultural
pursuits upon his own possessions. This small beginning was the nucleus
of his present fine farm and home.
In 1846 he married Charlotte, daughter of William Woodhouse,
a native of Rutland Co., Vt. By this union were born to them five children,
viz., Hannah Ophelia, George Franklin (died young), Lloyd H., Delphine,
and Monroe. The latter died at the age of ten years.
Mr. Cooper, like so many of our successful American farmers, is a self-made
man, his chances for an education having been quite limited. For several
years he was proprietor of a hotel, but abandoned it for the more congenial
pursuit which now engages his attention. In politics he is a Democrat,
and he has served his town as assessor for three years, as collector for
two years, and has held other offices in the gift of his fellow-townsmen.