Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770
FIFTH DISTRICT.-COUNTIES: Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Summers,
Wayne, and Wyoming (9 counties). Population (1910), 206,573.
EDWARD COOPER (Republican), of Bramwell, W. Vs., was bom at Trever-
ton, Pa., February 26, 1873, and moved to West Virginia in 1875, in which State
he has since lived; was educated at Washington and Lee University, Lexington,
Va., taking the degree of B. L. in 1894; engaged in the practice of law for three
years, and at the death of his father abandoned the law and engaged actively in
the development of coal property in the State of West Virginia; has occupied
every position in coal mine; was married in 1895 to Miss Frances Douglass
Smith, of Lexington, Va., and has one son, Edward, Jr., and daughter, Frances
Douglass; was elected to the Sixty-fourth Congress, and re-elected to the Sixty-
fifth Congress, receiving 25,627 votes, to 23,857 cast for his opponent on the
Democratic ticket, G. R. C. Wiles, of WiUiamson, W. Va. The State of West
Virginia was redistricted by the legislature of 1915, the new fifth district having
now 9 counties, as against 12 in the old fifth district.
Submitted by: Valerie Crook