Merian Rokenbaugh Cooper County Judge Chairman St. Johns Public Schools St. Augustine, Fl (January 10, 1845 - August 9, 1914)
Merian R. Cooper was born in Columbia county, Fla., January 10, 1845. At sixteen years old he became a member of Company K, Second Florida infantry. He was assigned to duty in the defences of Richmond and later became part of Magruder's division in the Peninsula campaign. He was wounded at Frazer's Farm in the Seven Days Battle. After recovering he joined the Second Florida cavalry and participated in the battle of Ocean Pond. President Davis appointed him a second lieutenant and he was assigned to duty in Florida. He was appointed Captain at the same time he heard the surrender of the army of Northern Virginia. (His grave lists him as second lieutenant.)
He returned home and studied law under his brother, C. M. Cooper. He was admitted to the bar in Fernandina in 1869 and practiced there until October 1872 when he moved to St. Augustine. In 1876 he was appointed county judge and served for three terms.
He served in 1885 as postmaster of St. Augustine but only for six months. He was replaced by Henry Gaillard. In 1885 he lived in New Augustine.
In June of 1891 he was elected the municipal judge of St. Augustine. He resigned on January 1, 1892.
He was elected again as County Judge in 1896. He was the Judge that probated the will of Henry Flagler.
He served for fourteen years at the Chairman of the St. Johns County Board of Education. He also ran an insurance agency.
His wife was Ada Colee Cooper (Sept 20, 1858- July 9, 1953).