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COOPER, Philip If., naval officer, born in New York, 5 August, 1844. He was graduated at the United States naval academy in 1863, when he was promoted to ensign and attached to the steam sloop ,' Ticonderoga" in the North Atlantic blockading squadron, and was present at both attacks on Fort Fisher. In 1865 he was made master, and in 1866 lieutenant, serving, meanwhile, until 1868 on the sloop "Shenandoah," in the Asiatic squadron. He received his commission as lieutenant-commander in 1868, and was assigned to duty at the United States naval academy. Later he was attached to the "Plymouth," on the European station, and afterward was on duty at the Naval academy. He was made commander in 1879, and for several years employed at the bureau of navigation in Washington, after which he commanded the "Swatara" in the Asiatic squadron. In 1886 he was made commandant of the Norfolk navy-yard.
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