William Cooper (accountant)

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William Cooper (1826–1871) was an English accountant. He is best known for having founded the accountancy practice of Cooper Brothers that now forms part of PricewaterhouseCoopers.[1]

He was the son of Emmanuel Cooper, an important figure in the City of London and Deputy Chairman of London & County Bank.[1]

He first started his professional career as a clerk in the firm of Quilter, Ball & Co. In 1854 he left that firm to work on his own at 13 George Street in London. In 1858 he changed the name of the firm to W. & A. Cooper when his brother, Arthur, joined his practice and in 1860 to Cooper Brothers - a name that is now famous.[1]


  1. ^ a b c A History of Cooper Brothers & Co., 1854-1954. New York: Garland Pub. 1986. ISBN 978-0824078812.