Henry Cooper (U.S. Senator)

Henry Cooper
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
March 4, 1871  March 4, 1877
Preceded by Joseph S. Fowler
Succeeded by Isham G. Harris
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1827-08-22)August 22, 1827
Columbia, Tennessee
Died February 4, 1884(1884-02-04) (aged 56)
Tierra Blanca, Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, Mexico
Political party Democratic

Henry Cooper (August 22, 1827  February 4, 1884) was a Tennessee attorney, judge, and politician who served one term in the United States Senate, 18711877. He was a Democrat.

Early life

Henry Cooper was born on August 22, 1827 in Columbia, Tennessee. He had three brothers, including William Frierson Cooper, and two half-brothers, including Duncan Brown Cooper.

Cooper attended Dixon Academy in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and was graduated from Jackson College in Jackson, Tennessee in 1847. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1850.

Political career

Cooper served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1853 to 1855 and again from 1857 to 1859. He was appointed judge of the former 7th Judicial Circuit in April, 1862. In January, 1866 he resigned this position and moved to Lebanon, Tennessee where he became a professor at the Cumberland School of Law. In 1867 he moved to Nashville, where he served in the Tennessee State Senate, 1869-1870.

The Tennessee General Assembly elected him to the United States Senate for the term beginning March 4, 1871. He did not seek another term, and his Senate service ended on March 4, 1877.

Mining career and death

By the early 1880s, he was engaged in mining operations in Tierra Blanca, Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Cooper was murdered there by bandits on February 4, 1884. He was buried nearby.


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United States Senate
Preceded by
Joseph S. Fowler
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Tennessee
March 4, 1871 March 4, 1877
Served alongside: William Gannaway Brownlow, Andrew Johnson, David M. Key and James E. Bailey
Succeeded by
Isham G. Harris
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