Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


Edwin Cooper

[p. 565] a rising young physician of New Castle, with abundant promise for a brilliant future in the medical profession, who is practicing, in partnership with his brother, Dr. Joseph L. Cooper, with offices located at 33-35 South Jefferson Street, was born Jan. 3, 1872, and is a native of Lawrence County. Up to the age of fourteen years his life was spent in Taylor township, his education being begun in its public schools. At that age he removed with his parents to New Castle, and from its schools advanced to the Grove City College of Grove City, Pa., where he remained until the spring of 1892. In the fall of that year he commenced the study of medicine, reading under the direction of his brother, Joseph L., until the fall of 1893, when he entered the Western Pennsylvania Medical College, and graduated from that institution March 25, 1896. He at once located with his brother in New Castle, and is assisting in building up a splendid practice. He is an exceptionally bright and intelligent young man, and has borne and still bears the reputation of a hard student, whom no obstacles of whatever magnitude can deter from the path of patient and continued research in lines peculiar to his profession. He has won many friends and established quite a large clientele since his location in the city as one of the leading physicians. With the prestige for successful results that he has already gained his future looks particularly bright, and our best wishes go with him in his noblest of professions. Politically he is a Republican.

Dr. Cooper's great-grandfather, Robert Cooper, was born in County Down, Ireland, and came to this country about the year 1790, settling in Allegheny Co., Pa., where he reared his family and saw to it that they wanted nothing that would enable them to attain the highest manhood and womanhood. His son, James Cooper, was born in Allegheny County in 1796, and in 1843 moved to Lawrence County, where he died in 1861. He married Elizabeth McLester, who lived to be seventy-six years of age, and they became the parents of seven children, three boys and four girls.

The father of Dr. Edwin S., Robert Cooper, was the second son of James Cooper in order of birth, and first saw the light of day in 1823. He came from Allegheny County to Lawrence with his parents, and with his brother David bought a farm on Sheep Hill, just south of New Castle, paying $10.00 per acre for the tract of 100 acres. This proved to be one of the very best investments that could be made, for the farm fortunately happened to overlay a bed of superior limestone of the best quality; up to the present time only about fifty acres have been worked and quarried, leaving a large fortune yet to be extracted from the bowels of the earth. The farm is still in the hands of the Cooper family. Robert Cooper married Nancy A. Jackson, who, with the following children, survived him at his death in 1892: James H.; Elizabeth (Campbell); Leander; Dr. Joseph L., our subject's brother; Charles O.; Mary (Colwell); Maud (Davis); and our subject, Dr. Edwin S., whose portrait we take the greatest pleasure in presenting on a previous page.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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