Richard M. Cooper

Richard Matlack Cooper ( * February 29, 1768 in Gloucester County, New Jersey, † March 10, 1843 in Camden, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1829 and 1833 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Cooper attended the public schools of his home. Later he worked in the banking industry. Between 1795 and 1799 he was also official coroner ( coroner ). From 1803 to 1823 he acted as a judge in Gloucester County. Between 1813 and 1842 Cooper was president of the State Bank of New Jersey in Camden. At the same time he began a political career. Between 1807 and 1810, he sat as an MP in the New Jersey General Assembly. In the 1820s he joined the movement against the future President Andrew Jackson. At the end of the decade he became a member of the short-lived National Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1828 Cooper was the first seat of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Sinnickson on March 4, 1829. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1833 two legislative sessions. After the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

In 1832 Richard Cooper opted not to run again. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he retired from politics. He died on March 10, 1843 in Camden, where he was also buried.