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Edward Cooper

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Edward Cooper (c1825-1905)

1905 Obituary [1]

EDWARD COOPER died at his home in New York on February 25, 1905, in his eighty-first yeas, and was the only son of the eminent American metallurgist, Peter Cooper, to whom, in 1879, the award of the Bessemer Gold Medal was made.

He commenced his business life in partnership with the late Abram S. Hewitt, with whom, from boyhood, he had been on terms of intimate friendship. The firm, which was established in 1844, was known as Cooper, Hewitt & Co. The knowledge and business aptitude that he brought to bear upon the undertakings of the firm were largely contributory to the success of the Trenton Ironworks, and the New Jersey Steel and Iron Works, while his scientific attainments placed him in the first rank of metallurgists in the United States.

He designed a new form of hot-blast stove, which was widely adopted for blast-furnace plant, and throughout his whole life studiously kept himself abreast of his times in everything pertaining to metallurgical progress.

He entered largely into political life, and was elected Mayor of New York in 1878, proving, during his term of office, an active, energetic, and efficient magistrate. He was a member of the Reception Committee on both occasions when the Institute visited America.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1887.

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