COOPER, Mark Anthony, (1800 - 1885)


COOPER, Mark Anthony, (cousin of Eugenius Aristides Nisbet), a Representative from Georgia; born near Powellton, Hancock County, Ga., on April 20, 1800; graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1819; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Eatonton, Putnam County, Ga.; moved to Columbus, Ga.; served in the campaign against the Seminole Indians in Florida in 1825, and again in 1836; member of the Georgia state house of representatives in 1833; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress but was later elected as a Democrat to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William C. Dawson; reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress and served from January 3, 1842, to June 26, 1843, when he resigned to become a candidate for Governor, but was unsuccessful; president of the Etowah Manufacturing & Mining Co. of Etowah, Ga., in 1859; died at his home, “Glen Holly,” near Cartersville, Bartow County, Ga., March 17, 1885; interment on his estate.


Bibliography

Pope, Mark Cooper, and J. Donald McKee. Mark Anthony Cooper: The Iron Man of Georgia. Atlanta, Ga.: Graphic Publishing Co., 2000.