CABINET CARD OF PETER COOPER BY SARONY, c. 1870’s
Peter Cooper (1791-1883) may have chosen Green-Wood as his final resting place, but his legacy lives on throughout New York City especially in Manhattan’s Cooper Square, home to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science. Established in 1859, Cooper Union was founded upon Cooper’s belief that opportunities for advancement should be available to all people. Cooper Union offered free practical education in the mechanical arts and science from 1859 through the 2013-14 academic year. The school now charges students approximately $19,000 in annual tuition. Cooper also built America’s first steam locomotive and supervised the laying of the first Trans-Atlantic cable in 1858.