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Charles A. Cooper, M. D.    

CHARLES A. COOPER. M. D., superintendent of the United Petroleum Farms Association, Oil City, came to this place from New Jersey in the spring of 1866. He was born in Sussex county, that state, January 2, 1821, and his father was Elias Cooper, an old New Jersey planter and slave owner whose native place was Dutchess county, New York. A history of Sussex county, New Jersey, says of Captain Elias Cooper: “He was a gentleman of the olden times, liberal and public spirited, of strong judgment and common sense, and one whose advice and assistance were sought by all classes of people. * * * He took great interest in military affairs, and was a captain of militia in his day. * * * He passed away September 9, 1846, dividing his property equally among his children. * * * He was born July 19, 1783, and in 1811 married Sarah Dodge, a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Rosencranz) Dodge, of Dutchess county. He reared seven sons and two daughters, the subject; of this sketch being the fifth son in order of birth.” Our subject was educated principally at select schools in Sussex county and at Mount Retired Academy, and was graduated from the University of New York, with the degree of M. D., in 1842. Immediately after leaving college he located in the practice of his chosen profession at the town of Wantage in his native county and there remained twenty-two years. His health having become impaired he came to Oil City expecting to spend a year in recuperation. Here he has remained and that his life has been a busy one is attested by his record. As superintendent of the United Petroleum Farms Association and the Hoffman Petroleum Company, he has charge of all their vast estates in the oil regions—embracing oil fields whereon some of the most noted “gushers” have been found; farm property devoted to agriculture, and valuable city property—while at the same time he has conducted some of the most important deals in oil and oil wells known in the history of petroleum. As to the practice of medicine, he has virtually retired therefrom—prescribing only for personal friends and consulting occasionally with the profession in important cases. The doctor’s wife, to whom he was married in Orange county, New York, was Caroline Howell, and his only son, Charles, is a prominent oil operator in Oil City. The family belong to the Presbyterian church.

History of Venango County, Pennsylvania : its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc., etc.
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890, pages 849-850. 
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