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Cooper, Edward (26 October 1824–25 February 1905), businessman, philanthropist, and politician, was born in New York City, the son of Peter Cooper, a businessman, philanthropist, and public figure, and Sarah Bedell. After attending public school in New York City, the younger Cooper enrolled at Columbia College, but he earned no degree. At Columbia College, Cooper met ...

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Perkins, Thomas Handasyd (15 December 1764–11 January 1854), merchant, Federalist leader, and philanthropist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of James Perkins, a wine merchant, and Elizabeth Peck. Tom Perkins grew up amid the sights and sounds of the American Revolution and vividly recalled seeing the Boston Massacre in 1770 as a boy....