Sep. 21, 1849 Denmark Bamberg County South Carolina, USA
Feb. 11, 1922 Columbia Richland County South Carolina, USA
Married to Lizzie Gibson of Charleston, who died in 1907.
MEMBER OF HOUSE DIES IN COLUMBIA Marion Reed Cooper Succumbs to Illness Body of Beaufort Representative to be Carried to Denmark This Mornin
Marion Reed Cooper of Port Royal, member of the House from Beaufort county and former secretary of state of South Carolina, died at the home of his sister, Mrs Lizzie Clark, 1217 Sumter street, at 9:20 o'clock yesterday morning. Mr Cooper, who was 72 years old, had been ill only about two weeks and for the first part of the present session of the general assembly had occupied his usual seat in the House. About two weeks ago, however, he became too ill to attend the meetings of the House, gradually growing weaker as the days passed. Mr Cooper had been a well known figure in the public life of the state for nearly half a century and had the distinction of serving two counties in the general assembly, being first elected to the legislature in 1892 as representative from Colleton county and then in 1913 again being sent to Columbia as member of the House from Beaufort county, where for the past eight years he had made his home. In the House he was a member of the committee on fish, game and forestry, to which field he had devoted no little serious study and as a result was a leader of the House in its program working toward the improvement of the hunting and fishing laws of the state, which, Mr Cooper contended, were faulty in that under them the proper protection was not given fish in the waters of the state. He was also a member of the committee on accounts and agriculture. As a legislator Mr Cooper was a man of few words, yet one never negligent of his duty. Many a lengthy debate in the House, however, was often cut short and summed up by one of his witty epigrams, injected into the argument to turn the tide of lagislative affairs where prolonged oratory had failed. Save for these occasional witticsms and a few longer addresses, Mr Cooper remained at his seat, a watchful spectator of the doings of the House, frequently consulted by other members and always listened to attentively when he did take the floor to address the house. He was always conspicuous as the only member of the House of the 74th general assembly who exercised his prerogative as a legislator of always wearing his hat while at his seat during the sessions. The funeral will be held at Denmark, his birthplace, today immediately upon arrival there of the Seaboard Air Line train leaving Columbia this morning. [Deleted: long list of dignitaries attending the funeral]. The flag on the State House was flown at half mast yesterday as an expression of the state's mourning at Mr Cooper's death. Mr Cooper, describing himself as a politician and retired merchant of Port Royal, was born at Denmard September 21, 1849, the son of Mr and Mrs C C Cooper. He attended the common schools of Denmark. In 1872 he moved to Port Royal to enter the ship brokerage business as a member of the firm of Cooper & Duke. He was town clerk and treasurer of Port Royal in 1874, playing a prominent rold in the famous 'Red Shirt' campaign of 1876 when he served as the president of the Democratic Club of Port Royal. In 1877 he moved to Charleston to become city inspector of lumber and on Dec 23, 1880, he married Miss Lizzie Gibson of Charleston. Mrs Cooper died in 1907. In 1885 he moved to Adams Run, where he operated a saw mill and farmed for a number of years. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs Fred Huddelmair of Jacksonville, Fla; two sons, Marion Reed Cooper, Jr of the United States army and Clark Cooper of Port Royal; three sisters, Mrs Lizzie Clark of Columbia ad Miss Julia Cooper and Miss Lily Cooper of Denmark, and one brother, William S Cooper of Denmark.