"In 1828 opened his own school in Gainsborough where at one time he had over a hundred pupils. However, his decision to provide lessons in Latin and Greek rather than concentrating on the basic subjects was unpopular with the parents and the school was eventually forced to close. Cooper then moved to Lincoln where he started another school for children. For five years he was a Weslyian preacher. He also taught in the Mechanics Institute in Lincoln and wrote articles for the local newspaper, the Lincoln Mercury and in time became a full-time journalist." (Newitt; http://www.nednewitt.com/whoswho/C.html)
Imprisoned in Stafford gaol for two years following the pottery riots; wrote epic prison poem, The Purgatory of Suicides: A Prison Rhyme (1845)
"For five years [between 1828 and 1840] he was a Weslyian preacher." "In 1856, he dramatically abandoned his religious scepticism and became a Baptist convert, thereafter spending most of his time as a travelling preacher. " (Newitt, http://www.nednewitt.com/whoswho/C.html).
Birthplace: Yellow | Emigration Locations: Blue | Other Locations: Red
Cooper’s "life, and to a lesser extend his works, were raided and reconstructed by [Charles] Kingsley for his social-problem novel Alton Locke: Tailor and Poet (1850)." (Sales 2002)