The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 770, Franklin Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN COOPER was born in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, December 18, 1851, one of seven children born to WILLIAM and MARY (WEIBLE) COOPER, the former a native of Delaware, and the latter of Germany. When but seventeen years of age, WILLIAM COOPER came to Pulaski County, and learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for several years. He was married in Fulton County, Indiana, and in 1850 moved to Logansport, and thence, in 1854, to Harrison Township, this county, where he bought a small farm. In March, 1858, he sold and came to this township, purchased another farm, and here died April 10, 1870. JOHN COOPER received a fair, common school education, and worked on the farm until nineteen years old. He then went to Benton County, Indiana, where he worked on a farm by the month for three years, and then returned to Pulaski. In 1881, he purchased his present home in this township. He was married, January 23, 1878, to LYDIA E. BENNETT, a native of Huntington County, Indiana. In politics, MR. COOPER is a Democrat, and he is the present Assessor of the Township."