Theron S. Copeland

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Theron S. Copeland
Copeland One of the Finest card.jpg
Born (1831-07-28)July 28, 1831
Albany, New York, United States
Died July 8, 1905(1905-07-08) (aged 73)
New York City, New York
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery
Nationality American
Occupation Police officer and drillmaster
Employer New York City Police Department
Known for NYPD police captain and drillmaster who served under Inspector Daniel C. Carpenter during the New York Draft Riots.
Spouse(s) 2 wives
Children 15 children

Theron S. Copeland (July 30, 1831 – July 8, 1905) was an American law enforcement officer and police captain with the New York City Police Department. He studied military tactics at a military academy and in the National Guard before joining the police force in 1855. Much of his career was spent as a drillmaster and, during the New York Draft Riots in 1863, he was part of the force under Inspector Daniel C. Carpenter who confronted a mob intending to loot the New York financial district and the United States sub-treasury.[1] Copeland was later named in a general address to the police force for displaying "valor and intelligent service" during the riots.[2]

In January 1903, he retired at the rank of captain after 41 years of service. He died at Barlow Street on July 8, 1905. Survived by his wife and eleven children, his funeral was held at their home and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ Asbury, Herbert. The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the New York Underworld. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. (pg. 126) ISBN 1-56025-275-8
  2. ^ a b "Capt. Copeland Dead. A Police Officer Forty-Eight Years - Served in Draft Riots ". New York Times. 9 Jul 1905

Further reading[edit]

  • Bernstein, Iver. The New York City Draft Riots: Their Significance for American Society and Politics in the Age of the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • Cook, Adrian. The Armies of the Streets: The New York City Draft Riots of 1863. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1974.
  • Costello, Augustine E. Our Police Protectors: History of the New York Police from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. New York: A.E. Costello, 1885.
  • Headley, J.T. The Great Riots of New York, 1712 to 1873, Including a Full and Complete Account of the Four Days' Draft Riot of 1863. New York: E.B. Treat, 1873.
  • Hickey, John J. Our Police Guardians: History of the Police Department of the City of New York, and the Policing of Same for the Past One Hundred Years. New York: John J. Hickey, 1925.
  • McCague, James. The Second Rebellion: The Story of the New York City Draft Riots of 1863. New York: Dial Press, 1968.