John Tyler Cooper

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John Tyler Cooper
30th Mayor of Atlanta
Personal details
Born (1844-03-26)March 26, 1844
Marietta, Georgia
Died November 21, 1912(1912-11-21) (aged 68)
Atlanta, Georgia
Resting place Oakland Cemetery[1]
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary E Marks
Profession Politician
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Corporal
Unit 9th Battalion Georgia Artillery[2]
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Tyler Cooper (March 26, 1844 – November 21, 1912)[3] was an American politician, serving from 1887 until 1889 as the 30th Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.


Born in Marietta, Georgia, John T. Cooper was a grandson of tragedian Thomas Cooper and a great-grandson of Captain Edward Dunscomb, a noted New York soldier in the American Revolutionary War.

As a young man, Cooper served in a Georgia unit during the American Civil War in many battles, including Chickamauga. Following the war, he married Mary Crain Marks and raised a family.

During the winter of 1867–68, Cooper and other young men, including the younger brother of future mayor George Hillyer, organized the Young Men's Democratic Club of Atlanta and became active in local politics.

On July 4, 1879, Cooper was admitted to the Society of the Cincinnati. In 1884, he served as councilman of Atlanta's Sixth Ward before he was elected mayor.


  1. ^ "John Tyler Cooper". Find A Grave. Retrieved 26 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Cooper, John T". National Park Service. Retrieved 26 March 2018. 
  3. ^ Franklin Garrett Necrology Database - Atlanta History Center Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine.
Preceded by
George Hillyer
Mayor of Atlanta
January 1887 – January 1889
Succeeded by
John Thomas Glenn