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Samuel B. Cooper, Sr. Samuel B. Cooper, Sr.
Full Name: Samuel Bronson "Sam" Cooper, Sr.
Date of birth: May 30, 1850
Date of death: August 21, 1918

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 1 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Woodville / Tyler Senate President Pro Tempore (18th)   Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Tyler
S 1 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (4) (5) (6) (7)   Democrat Woodville / Tyler   Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Tyler
(1) 18th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 4/13/1883, Regular Session; and 1st C.S. Senate Journal.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(3) 18th Legislature, 1/10/1883, p. 1, All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office; pp. 5-6, Resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes: Drew term of 2 years. Senate Journal.
(4) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1882 due to redistricting. Act passed May 3, 1882, 17th Legislature, C.S., ch. 13, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(5) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(6) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(7) 17th Legislature - 1/11/1881, p. 1. Listed as one of the "newly elected" Senators who "approached the President's desk and took the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution." Senate Journal.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • Biography, p. 237. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Other Resources
  • Memorial, October 1933, Samuel Bronson Cooper, Jr. Relatives: Samuel Bronson Cooper, Sr. - father; Samuel Bronson Cooper, Jr. - son. Texas Law Review Proceedings of the . . . Annual Meeting of the Texas Bar Association.
  • COOPER, Samuel Bronson (1850-1918). Representative, TX. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present.
  • COOPER, SAMUEL BRONSON (1850-1918). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Samuel B. Cooper, Sr., 17th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Samuel B. Cooper, Sr., 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 18th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Claims and Accounts  
    Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
    Deaf and Dumb Asylum  
    Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
    Frontier Protection  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Health  
    Public Lands  
    State Affairs  
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Private Land Claims  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Claims and Accounts  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    Statistics of Industries, Public Health, and History of Texas  

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