COOPER, William, a Representative from New York; born in Philadelphia, Pa., December 2, 1754;
lived in Burlington, N.J., until moving in 1789 to Otsego County, N.Y., where he established the town
of Cooperstown; appointed first judge of the court of common pleas for Otsego County on February
17, 1791; elected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1797); again
elected to the Sixth Congress (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1801); father of James Fenimore Cooper;
died in Albany, N.Y., December 22, 1809; interment in Christ Churchyard, Cooperstown, N.Y.
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