• Noted Clergyman of the American Revolution
  • Pastor of Brattle Street Church
  • Co-Founder of American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Chaplain of the General Court (1758-1770 / 1777-1783)

Biography[edit | edit source]

Rev. Samuel Cooper was born 28 March 1725 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States to William Cooper (1694-1743) and Judith Sewall (1702-1740) and died 29 December 1783 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Judith Bulfinch (1724-1795) 11 September 1746 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Samuel Cooper was a Congregational minister in Boston, Massachusetts, affiliated with the Brattle Street Church. He was born in Boston to William Cooper and Judith Sewall, attended the Boston Latin School, and was graduated from Harvard College in 1743.

He was ordained as a minister on May 21, 1746, and served as pastor of the Brattle Street Church, 1747-1783. Members of his parish at the Brattle St. Church included some of the most influential people of the American Revolution: John Hancock (1737-1793), Samuel Adams (1722-1803), Joseph Warren (1741-1775), John Adams (1735-1826), and others. He corresponded with Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Charles Hector d'Estaing, Gideon Hawley, Charles Gravier de Vergennes;[1] and was associated with Phillis Wheatley.

In 1780, he co-founded the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as "chaplain to the General Court" 1758-1770 and 1777-1783. Around 1783 Harvard College offered Cooper the position of college president, but Cooper declined.[2]

Marriage and Family[edit | edit source]

In September 1746 he married Judith Bulfinch; they had two daughters.[3] A portrait of Cooper by John Singleton Copley now resides in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society.[4]


Offspring of Rev. Samuel Cooper and Judith Bulfinch (1724-1795)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Juditch Cooper (1747-1773)
Abagail Cooper (1755-1826)


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