May 14, 1840, New York City.

Cooper was son of John and Hepzibah Cooper, and husband of Mary E. Tyson.

He studied law in the office of future American president Chester A. Arthur. After admittance to the bar, though, he never practiced law to any extent.

Cooper contributed poems to The Round Table, The Saturday Press, Putnam’s Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Appleton’s Journal, The Independent, Harper’s Young People, St. Nicholas, and many other per­i­o­di­cals.

Cooper wrote a number of popular ballads, many set to music by Stephen Foster. Some of his better known songs are Beautiful Isle of the Sea, Sweet Genevieve (sung by John Wayne in the 1948 film Fort Apache), Mother Kissed Me in My Dream and Must We Then Meet as Strangers? Coop­er al­so trans­lat­ed the lyrics of German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, and French musical works into English. His other works in­clude:

  1. All for Jesus, Loving Savior
  2. Another Year
  3. As the Hart Panteth After the Brooks
  4. Baby Is Going to Bye-Lo-Land
  5. Blessèd Are the Peacemakers
  6. Blessèd Are They That Are Persecuted
  7. Can You Reject the Savior Dear?
  8. Christmas Bells Are Gaily Ringing
  9. Cling Fast unto the Rock
  10. Clinging, Clinging, to the Cross
  11. Come to the Loving Savior
  12. Even Now
  13. Faith in Jesus, O, the Precious Treasure
  14. Fierce Is Our Foe and Marshaled in Might
  15. Fight the Good Fight Bravely
  16. Fly to the Ark, Sinner Forsaken
  17. Gather, Children, Gather
  18. Gird the Christian’s Armor On
  19. List Our Merry Carol
  20. Meet Me at the Beautiful Gate
  21. Mist Will Roll Away, The
  22. There Are Lonely Hearts to Cherish