George W. Cooper

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George William Cooper (May 21, 1851 – November 27, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.


Born near Columbus, Indiana, Cooper attended the country schools, and was graduated in the academic and law courses from the Indiana University at Bloomington in 1872.


He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Columbus, Indiana.

He served as prosecuting attorney of Columbus in 1872.

He served as mayor of Columbus in 1877. City attorney of Columbus 1879–1883.

Cooper was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895). He served as chairman of the Committee on Irrigation of Arid Lands (Fifty-third Congress).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress.

He resumed the practice of law in Columbus, Indiana.

Personal and death[edit]

He was the father of Kent Cooper of the Associated Press.[1]

He died in Chicago, Illinois, November 27, 1899.

He was interred in Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus, Indiana.


  1. ^ "Kent Cooper". New World Encyclopedia. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Courtland C. Matson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jesse Overstreet