Thomas E. Cooper Family Papers
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- Cooper, Thomas E., 1883-1949 (Person)
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While President of the Commercial National Bank of Wilmington in 1922, Cooper and his brother William were indicted for misapplying the funds of, and making false entries in, the books of the bank. Upon the bank's closure that same year, both Coopers were tried, convicted, and sentenced to a term in the federal penitentiary.
After he was pardoned by Governor McLean, Cooper tried to relocate and build a new life for himself and his family. However, finding it impossible to escape his past, he returned to Wilmington, opened up a small business and proceeded to make his way into public life. He unsuccessfully ran for sheriff two times and then in 1934 successfully for the state legislature. He ran for governor of North Carolina in 1940, coming in fifth in a field of seven in the Democratic primary. He died May 5, 1949 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington.
Note written by Patricia B. McGee. Note edited and information added on Cooper's criminal charges by Nicole Yatsonsky.
Additional details of the case against Cooper can be found here: https://casetext.com/case/cooper-v-united-states-33.
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- Thomas E. Cooper Family Papers
- Patricia B. McGee
- 1997 March 31
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