1840–1927
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May 14, 1840, New York Ci­ty.

Sep­tem­ber 26, 1927, New York Ci­ty.

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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 (mu­sic by Hen­ry Tuck­er, 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

Cooper’s bu­ri­al place