Cooper, William a Congregational minister was a native of Boston, born in 1694, and graduated at Harvard 1712. He commenced preaching in 1715, and was ordained collegiate pastor of the Brattle-street Church, May 23, 1716. He was elected president of Harvard in 1737, but declined the honor. He died Dec. 12, 1743. Mr. Cooper published A Tract defending Inoculation for the Small-pox (1721); The Doctrine of Predestination unto Life vindicated in four Sermons (1740); and several occasional discourses. — Sprague, Annals, 1:288.