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Edmund Cooper (September 11, 1821 – July 21, 1911) was a U.S. Representative from Tennessee, brother of Henry Cooper.


Born in Franklin, Tennessee, Cooper was graduated from Jackson (Tennessee) College in 1839. He studied law at Harvard University. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Shelbyville, Tennessee, in 1841. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1849. He served as presidential elector on the Constitutional Union ticket in 1860. Union delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1861.

Cooper was again elected to the State house of representatives but in 1865 resigned. Upon the readmission of the State of Tennessee to representation Cooper was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-ninth Congress and served from July 24, 1866, to March 3, 1867. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Fortieth Congress. He was appointed by President Johnson Assistant Secretary of the Treasury November 20, 1867, and served until March 20, 1869. He resumed the practice of law at Shelbyville and died there July 21, 1911. He was interred in Willow Mount Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Edmund Cooper (id: C000747)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Civil War
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th congressional district

July 24, 1866 - March 3, 1867
Succeeded by
James Mullins