Gore Cooper Family Papers

This group of William Bryant Cooper’s public papers is photocopies of a statement of his campaign expenses in 1920 and of a letter and accompanying voucher for $6.00 for Cooper’s last day of service as President of the North Carolina State Senate Session of 1925.  Cooper, a Democrat from New Hanover County, served as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina from 1921-1925.   As such, he presided over the State Senate for the two regular and two special sessions.

Cooper was born at Cool Springs, South Carolina, on January 22, 1867, the son of Noah Bryant and Lucinda Jennette Cooper, and attended the public schools of Mullins, South Carolina.  In 1893 he married Frances Ada Gore.  Banking was his business and he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Wilmington, serving as its president in 1900.  Cooper became a member of the Board of Trade in 1910.  He also served as president of the Masonic Temple Corporation.[1]

Lenox G. Cooper, Sr., William Bryant Cooper's son, donated these photocopies to the William Madison Randall Library on November 7, 1973.

The Cooper Papers have been designated Accession Number 5 of the Manuscripts Collection, Special Collections Department, William Madison Randall Library, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-3297.

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

[1] House, R.B., editor.  North Carolina Manual 1923  (Raleigh, NC:  Edwards and Broughton Printing Company, 1923) 452.

[2] Who’s Who in the South  (Washington, D.C.:  The Mayflower Publishing Company, Inc., 1927) 777.


1920 June 18, Final sworn statement of campaign expenses of William Bryant Cooper (WBC) as a candidate in the primary election held on June 5, 1920.  “No receipts” were listed and disbursements were for stenographers, stamps, stationery, printing, advertising, traveling expenses and announcement, for a total of $2,513.00

1925 Jan 17, Letter, W.J. Jenkins, Pay Clerk, State Senate Session 1925, Raleigh, NC, to WBC at Wilmington, NC.  This letter accompanied an auditor’s check for WBC’s last day’s service as President of the Senate Session of 1925.

1925 Jan 17, Voucher #13 to WBC for $6.00.  Signed by Baxter Durham, State Auditor, and J.S. Robinson, Clerk.

Addition Number 1

This paper is a photocopy of the Annual Report and Statement of the Carolina Insurance Company, Wilmington, NC, dated June 6, 1895.  It is signed by D.L. Gore, president and M.S. Willard, secretary.  Clayton Giles was Carolina Insurance Company’s vice-president and the directors were D.D.L. Gore, Clayton Giles, S. Solomon, G.W, Williams, D.G. Worth, Donald MacRae, and Luhr Vollers.  (A biographical sketch of Martin Stevenson Willard in Who’s Who in the South, 1927, indicates he later became vice-president and a director of the company.)[2] The original of this report was donated by Lenox Gore Cooper, Sr., to the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  This photocopy is interfiled with the Gore-Cooper Family Papers.

Located in MS Box #4


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