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Howard M. Cooper

Howard M. Cooper, an attorney of Camden, was born at Kaighn's Point, this city, June 24, 1844. The son of John and Mary M. (Kaighn) Cooper, he springs from two of the old families of the locality, whose names are perpetuated in Kaighn's Point and Cooper's Point. The first of his father's family to settle in New Jersey was William Cooper, an Englishman, who located first in Burlington, remaining there a year, and then removed to territory now within the limits of Camden. There he purchased a large tract of land, part of which is still known as Cooper's point; and much of the city of Camden is built oil what was originally his property.

John Cooper, Howard M. Cooper's father, was born in Woodbury, N.J., and spent his youth on a farm in that place. When a young man he went to Camden, and engaged in the wood and coal business, building up a large trade. He was in business in Camden many years, and retired some time prior to his death, which happened April 13, 1894, when he was eighty years old. At that time he was Vice-President of the Camden National Bank. He is religious creed was that of the Society of Friends. His wife, a native of Camden, was a daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Mickle) Kaighn, and a descendant of early Quaker settlers of Camden. She died at the age of sixty-six, having been the mother of four children. Of these Howard M. was the eldest. The second child, Sallie K., is the wife of George K. Johnson, of Philadelphia; and the third, William J., is in business in Camden, a dealer in hardware, doors, sashes, and blinds. One Child, Ellen, died in her seventeenth year.

Howard M. Cooper received his early education in private schools in Camden and Philadelphia. At the age of seventeen he entered Haverford College in Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1864. After receiving his diploma he took up the study of law with Peter I. Voorhees, of Camden, was admitted as attorney in 1867, and was qualified as counsellor in 1870. He is President of the Security Trust and Safe Deposit Company, of the Harleigh Cemetery Association, and of the West Jersey Orphanage for Destitute Colored Children; a Director and the Solicitor of the Camden National Bank; and a Director of the West Jersey Title and Guarantee Company. His wife is Lucy Smyth Cooper, and they have one daughter, Emily Smyth Cooper. In politics Mr. Cooper is an independent Republican. Though he has always taken an active interest in political affairs, he is not an office-seeker. He is at present a member of the Committee of One Hundred of Camden. In religious belief he is a Friend.

Source: Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Camden and Burlington Counties, New Jersey, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Boston, 1897.

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