John G. Cooper

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John Gordon Cooper
John G. Cooper 1913.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1915 – January 3, 1937
Preceded by Elsworth R. Bathrick
Succeeded by Michael J. Kirwan
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Mahoning County district
In office
January 2, 1911 – January 3, 1915
Serving with Oscar E. Diser
Preceded by Randall H. Anderson
Succeeded by A. O. Fleming, David Heinselman
Personal details
Born (1872-04-27)April 27, 1872
Smallthorne, England
Died January 7, 1955(1955-01-07) (aged 82)
Hagerstown, Maryland
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio
Political party Republican

John Gordon Cooper (April 27, 1872 – January 7, 1955) was an Anglo-American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Early years

According to his birth certificate, Cooper was born in Smallthorne, Staffordshire, England.[1] Cooper emigrated from England to the United States in 1881 with his mother, grandmother and brothers, as his father had emigrated in 1880.[2] The family settled in Youngstown, Ohio,where he attended the public schools and began work in local steel mills in 1885. He entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in 1896, where he was employed as a locomotive fireman between 1896 and 1900, and as an engineer from 1900 and 1915.

Political career

Cooper served as member of the Republican county committee in 1906. In 1910, he was a delegate to the Republican State convention, and he served as a member of the State house of representatives from 1910 to 1912.

Cooper was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the 10 succeeding Congresses between (March 4, 1915 and January 3, 1937). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress, but went on to serve as chairman of the Board of Claims, Ohio Industrial Commission from 1937 to 1945.


Cooper retired from public and political activities in 1947 and resided in Youngstown, Ohio. He died in Hagerstown, Maryland, January 7, 1955, and was interred in Lake Park Cemetery, in Youngstown, Ohio.


  1. Smallthorne, Staffordshire, England, "General Register Office, UK birth certificate"
  2. US Census, 1880

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ellsworth R. Bathrick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Michael J. Kirwan