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Cooper, James Fenimorelocked

(15 September 1789–14 September 1851)
  • Donald A. Ringe


Cooper, James Fenimore (15 September 1789–14 September 1851), novelist, was born in Burlington, New Jersey, the son of William Cooper, a land agent and developer, and Elizabeth Fenimore. In 1790 the family moved to Cooperstown, which his father had founded at the foot of Otsego Lake in New York. James (“Fenimore” was not added to his name until 1826) attended the village academy, spent two winters at school in Burlington, and in 1801 was sent to Albany as a boarding student of the Reverend Thomas Ellison. He entered Yale College in February 1803 but was dismissed for misconduct in the summer of 1805. To prepare for a career in the navy, he shipped before the mast in the ...

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