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Morris Cooper
(1860-1935)

Morris Cooper was born in New York on August 23, 1860, the son of German (probably Jewish) immigrants. By 1870, at the age of 10, be must have run afoul of the law (perhaps merely for vagrancy or petty theft) because he was living in the New York House of Refuge on Randell's Island, the first juvenile reformatory in the United States. Perhaps this experience inspired him toward a career in law. He earned his B.S. Degree (cum laude) from New York University in 1879, and his law degree from Columbia University in 1881. In 1894 his office was in the Cotton Exchange Building in NYC; in 1900-1916 he was located on Wall Street in New York City. At some point in his life he developed an interest in mineralogy, and built a personal collection; the label shown here indicates that he donated a substantial number (enough to warrant pre-printed labels) of specimens to Columbia University, his alma mater. He married Valerie Frankel in 1890, and died November 14, 1935. Together they had one son, Morris Cooper, Jr. (1893-1943), who became a lawyer as well.
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