William Cooper, Conductor and Station Keeper

Information from:  http://orbitist.com/2014/07/07/anti-slavery-activists-in-the-1800s/

By Douglas H. Shepard

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William Cooper’s Underground Railroad affiliation is cited by Eber Pettit in Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad, Willard McKinstry, Fredonia, New York, 1879. Cooper was a supervisor for the Town of Perrysburg about the same time that Pettit served as a justice of the peace. Cooper also served as a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church. According to the History of Cattaraugus Co., New York by L. H. Everts (J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1879), Cooper was born in Stillwater, NY in 1793 and came to Perrysburg in 1816. He was the founder of the first school district in the town, and helped supervise the construction of the town’s roadways. He died in Perrysburg in 1872.

Source: Sketches in the History           

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