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