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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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RICHARD LEE COOPER, M. D., one of the oldest and most favorably known of the medical practitioners of Montgomery county, resides at Ogontz. He is a native of Northampton township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, where he was born October 20, 183__, a son of Jesse and Jane (Lee) Cooper (both deceased).

Jesse Cooper was the son of John and Eliza (Hibbs) Cooper. The father was a native of Montgomery county, and the mother of Northampton township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania. The children of John and Eliza Cooper were Henry, Jesse and William, now deceased. Jesse Cooper was born in Northampton township and spent most of his life there, engaged in tilling the soil. Their children: Richard Lee, subject of this sketch; Sarah, deceased, married William Buckman; John D., Eleanor, wife of Theodore Leedom; Rebecca, also married a Leedom; Robert and Jesse.

Dr. Richard Lee Cooper was educated in the public schools of the vicinity in which he lived, and at Newtown Academy. He studied in preparation for the duties of his profession at the old Philadelphia Medical College, from whiclt he graduated in 1860. He began practice as a physician at Richboro, in Bucks county, and practiced continuously in that vicinity for fifteen years. He has practiced in Ogontz since 1875. He has held the office of deputy state medical inspector since 1886, and has been health officer of the township of Cheltenham since 1896. He is a member of the State Medical Society of Pennsylvania, and of the Montgomery County Medical Society. In his religious views he affiliates with the Society of Friends.

Dr. Cooper was married in Philadelphia to Mary Vandeventer, daughter of John and Ann Vandeventer. Their children: Horace and Lizzie, both died in childhood; James Rudolph, a practicing physician of Trenton, New Jersey; Marie, wife of Walter G. Elliott, residing in Providence, Rhode Island. Mrs. Cooper died January 7, 1891.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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