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James Ingersoll Cooper was born at Calais, Maine, on 7 April 1849, the son of James Sullivan Cooper and his second wife Abigail Ingersoll (Girdler) Cooper.
James Ingersoll Cooper's paternal grandparents were John and Elizabeth (Savage) Cooper.
John Cooper's various civic, military and business duties were discussed in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 67:
James Ingersoll Cooper's maternal grandparents were John and Abigail (Ingersoll) Girdler.
In 1866, James, the father, moved his family to Amherst, Massachusetts, with the idea of having his sons James Ingersoll Cooper and Charles Wendell Cooper attend Amherst College. James died before his sons graduated, but his widow stayed in Amherst. The sons graduated in 1873.
James Ingersoll Cooper sought additional schooling in the law and became a lawyer, in practice with William Dickinson, brother of poet Emily Dickinson, at Amherst, Massachusetts.
Brother Charles Wendell Cooper went on to Harvard Medical School and graduated from there in 1877. He returned to practice at Amherst and became the Dickinson family physician. He married a distant cousin, Elizabeth Savage Porter, the daughter of John Cooper Porter, who was born in Machias, Maine in 1825 but who had moved to St. Louis, Missouri to seek his fortune. Daughter Elizabeth was born there in 1853. It would be interesting to know how she and Charles Wendell Cooper met - perhaps at a family reunion?
From the Biographical record of the alumni of Amherst College ... 1821-, Volume 2, 1901:
I don't believe that James Ingersoll Cooper married. He died at New London, Connecticut 14 August 1922, at the age of 73.
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