Couper, James Hamilton
- James M. Clifton
Couper, James Hamilton (04 March 1794–03 June 1866), planter, was born in Georgia, perhaps in Liberty County, the son of John Couper, a and Rebecca Maxwell. John Couper had come from Scotland to Georgia in 1775 and in 1805 purchased, with lifelong friend and fellow émigré James Hamilton, 2,000 acres along the southern bank of the Altamaha River, about sixteen miles from Brunswick. They developed this land into Hopeton Plantation, which soon was expanded to 4,500 acres, with 659 slaves (many of whom came directly from Africa) to prepare the fields first for sea island or long-staple cotton, then sugar, and finally rice as the principal crops. In 1818 James Hamilton Couper (Hamilton’s namesake), following graduation from Yale and after studying Dutch methods of water control in Holland, became manager of the Hopeton estate....