Edmund Cooper (congressman)

Edmund Cooper ( born September 11, 1821 in Franklin, Tennessee; † July 21, 1911 in Shelbyville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1866 and 1867 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edmund Cooper was the older brother of U.S. Senator Henry Cooper ( 1827-1884 ). Until 1839 he attended Jackson College in Tennessee. After a subsequent law degree from Harvard University and his admission to the bar he began to work in his new profession from 1841 in Shelbyville. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In 1849 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Tennessee. Prior to the Civil War, he was a supporter of the Union and the Constitutional Union Party elector in the presidential elections of 1860. In 1861, Cooper was a delegate to a convention to revise the Constitution of Tennessee. In 1865 he was again elected to the House of Representatives of his State.

After the resumption of Tennessee into the Union Cooper was a Unionist in the fourth electoral district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 24 July 1866. Since he has not been confirmed at the regular congressional elections of 1866, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1867. These were marked by the violent clashes between the Republican Party and President Andrew Johnson.

Between 1867 and 1869 Edmund Cooper worked as deputy finance minister for the federal government. In the following years he practiced as a lawyer again. He died on July 21, 1911 in Shelbyville, where he was also buried.