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Myles Cooper
Date: 1737 - 1785
Remarks: Educated at Queens College, Oxford, he was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1761 and served as chaplain of Queen's. Coming to the colony of New York in 1762 he was appointed assistant to Dr. Samuel Johnson, president of King's College (now Columbia), and succeeded him a year later as the second president of that institution. A staunch Loyalist, Cooper was opposed to independence, and when hostilities erupted he returned to England. From 1778 until his death he served as senior minishter at the English Chapel at Cowgate near the University of Edinburgh.