Peter Cooper


Birthday February 12, 1791

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace New York City, NY

DEATH DATE Apr 4, 1883 (92)

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American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist who built the first steam locomotive in the United States. He was also a candidate for the US Presidency in 1876 for the Greenback Party.

Before Fame

He worked many jobs as a young man, including cabinet-making, hat-making, and brewing.


He became the oldest person ever to receive a presidential nomination at the age of eighty-five.

Family Life

His father was John Cooper, a hat-maker from New York.

Associated With

He lost the 1876 presidential election to Rutherford B Hayes.