This article in the New York Times from March 18, 1880 became part of a campaign to help former Cooper Shop Refreshment Saloon President William M. Cooper’s surviving family members financially. When William M. Cooper passed away in February 1880 in poverty the Grand Army of the Republic began to call for public donations to support his remaining family members. This article recounted Cooper’s business endeavors and kindness to the Union troops during the war. Cooper’s dedication to the troops stayed with the soldiers after the war and a group of veterans from Connecticut offered to “shoulder the entire indebtedness” for Cooper’s family. (By Brenna McKelvey)
New York Times, "A Patriot's Family in Distress," March 18, 1880
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