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Robert Archer Cooper

Born: Jun 12, 1874

Death: Aug 7, 1953

Birthplace: South Carolina

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Robert Archer Cooper

Date of Birth : Jun 12, 1874
Date of Death : Aug 7, 1953
Birth Place : South Carolina

Robert Archer Cooper was the 93rd Governor of South Carolina from January 21, 1919 to May 20, 1922. Born in Waterloo Township, Laurens County, Cooper graduated with a law degree from Polytechnic Institute in San German, Puerto Rico. He was admitted to the bar in 1898 and practiced law in Laurens. In 1900, Cooper was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives until 1904 when he was elected to be the Solicitor of the Eighth Judicial District of South Carolina. Cooper entered the gubernatorial election of 1918 and won the general election without opposition to become the 93rd governor of South Carolina. He continued the progressive policies of his predecessor, Richard Irvine Manning III, by establishing a seven-month school term, mandating compulsory school attendance, expanding health care and improving the state roadways. These initiatives were paid for by stricter enforcement of existing tax laws and the revaluation of state property. Cooper was elected to a second term in 1920. He resigned from the governorship in 1922 to accept an appointment to the Federal Farm Loan Board that lasted five years.


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