|Birth: ||Nov. 22, 1852|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 1932|
President of Simmons College 1902-1909
Below is information from the Texas State Historical Association on Dr. Oscar Cooper:
Dr. Oscar Henry Cooper was born in Panola County, Texas, on November 22, 1852, and attended Marshall University from 1865 to 1866 before going on to Yale University, where he received his B.A. degree in 1872. He first taught at Woods Post Office near Panola, Texas. He served as president of Henderson Male and Female College from 1873 to 1879, and was a professor at Sam Houston Normal Institute,now called Sam Houston State University. He studied at the University of Berlin in from 1884 to 1885, and returned to work as the principal of Houston High School from 1885 to 1886. He served as state superintendent of public instruction from 1886 to 1890 and as superintendent of Galveston schools from 1890 to 1896. He headed the state-established School of Methods from 1892 to 1896.
Dr. Cooper served as president of Baylor University from 1899 to 1902 and president of Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University) from 1902 to 1909. In 1909 he established Cooper's Boys School in Abilene, which he headed until 1915 before returning to Simmons to head the department of education and philosophy. He had aided the establishment of the University of Texas, and would go on to serve on several education boards, including the Conference for Education in Texas.
He married Mary Bryan Stewart, the granddaughter of James H. Starr, on November 24, 1886.
Mary Bryan Stewart Cooper (1866 - 1946)
Abilene Municipal Cemetery
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Originally Created by: HuntCoTx
Record added: Nov 17, 2008
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