1864 DATED VOLUNTEER SERVICE DOCUMENT FOR 142ND OHIO NATIONAL GUARD COLONEL & CONGRESSMAN

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The document is in a modern wood frame with a white mat that covers its edges.

Pre-printed and filled out in readable period ink the document is decorated at top with a spread-winged eagle, shield and crossed flags.

It is filled out for Colonel William C. Cooper of the 142nd Ohio National Guard Infantry and is dated December 15, 1864 and bears facsimile signatures of President Abraham Lincoln and Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War.

Except for a few faint fold lines the document is in good condition. Framed it meas. approx. 23.00 x 19.50 inches and can easily be transferred to a better frame.

William C. Cooper was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio on December 18, 1832. He attended Mt. Vernon Academy, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1852. He was prosecuting attorney of Knox County from 1859-1863 and Mayor of Mount Vernon from 1862-1864.

At the outbreak of the Civil War he was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in Company B, 4th Ohio Infantry but never left the state before being mustered out.

Cooper was next commissioned Colonel of the 142nd Ohio on May 2, 1864 to serve 100 days. He was mustered out September 2, 1864.

After the war he was a member of the Ohio State House of Representatives from 1872-1874, Judge Advocate General of Ohio, 1879-1884 and president of the board of education of Mount Vernon. In 1885, he was elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses, serving until 1891. Not a candidate for re-nomination, he resumed the practice of law.

He died in Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 29, 1902 and is buried there in Mound View Cemetery.

The 142nd Ohio served for a time with the 10th and 22nd Corps moving around between West Virginia and the Virginia Peninsula but was never engaged in any actions. However, they still lost 1 officer and 42 men to disease and accidents. [ad]

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