John G. Cooper

John Gordon Cooper ( * April 27, 1872 in Wigan, England; † January 7, 1955 in Hagerstown, Maryland ) was an American politician of the Republican Party. March 4, 1915 to March 3, 1937, he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 19th Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


After his birth in Wigan in England in 1872, he emigrated in 1880 with his parents to the United States. They settled in Youngstown. There he attended local public schools. 1885, after the end of his schooling, he worked as a laborer in a steel mine. In 1896 he joined the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He worked there as a fireman on steam locomotives and as an engineer until 1915.

In 1906 Cooper was active in local politics. He was involved in the County Committee. From 1910 to 1912 he sat in the House of Representatives from Ohio. In 1915 he represented for 10 legislative periods on the 19th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1937 he retired after an unsuccessful re-election. He then retired into private life. From 1937 to 1945 he joined again politically in appearance, this time as chairman of the Industrial Commission of Ohio.

In 1947 he retired then entirely from politics. Cooper died in 1955 in Hagerstown. He was buried in Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.