|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th district
March 4, 1929 – December 18, 1957 (death)
|Born||July 20, 1893
Dyer County, Tennessee
|Died||December 18, 1957 (aged 64)
|Spouse(s)||Mary Rankley Cooper|
|Alma mater||Cumberland School of Law|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
Captain(July 9, 1918)
|Unit||Second Tennessee Infantry, National Guard
Co K, 119th Infantry, Thirtieth Division
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Cooper was born on a farm near Dyersburg, Dyer County, Tennessee, son of Joseph W. and Viola May (Cooper) Cooper. He attended public schools and then was graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1914. He was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He married Mary Rankley in December 1930; the couple had one son, Leon Jere Cooper, who died as a child.
Upon the U.S. entry into World War I in 1917, Cooper enlisted in the Second Tennessee Infantry, National Guard, and was commissioned a First Lieutenant. Later he was transferred, with his company, to Co K, 119th Infantry, Thirtieth Division, and served in France and Belgium. On July 9, 1918, he was promoted to Captain and served as regimental adjutant until discharged from the Army on April 2, 1919. After the war he resumed the practice of law in Dyersburg.
Elected as a Democrat to the 71st, and to the fourteen succeeding, Congresses, Cooper served from March 4, 1929, until his death. He served as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means (84th and 85th Congresses), and on the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation (Eighty-fifth Congress).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jere Cooper.|
- Jere Cooper at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-02-10
- "Jere Cooper". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-02-10.