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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.051
Object Name Painting
Title Portrait of Myers Cooper
Description Half-length portrait of Ohio's 51st governor, Myers Cooper, who served from 1929 to 1931. He wears a three-piece suit with a white shirt and a multi-color tie. His proper right hand rests on wood and green upholstered chair. He has blackish-graying hair and a moustache.
Date 1930
Artist Z.E. Talbert, 1869-1954
Notes Myers Cooper was born on November 25, 1873, in St. Louisville, Ohio. He attended public schools in Licking County and attended the National Normal University for two years, but he did not graduate. In 1896, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he began a real estate business. Cooper developed a number of housing subdivisions. He offered homes on credit to people who could not pay the full price immediately and sold more than two thousand homes in this way. Cooper also became involved in number of other businesses. He established the Hyde Park Lumber Company, the Hyde Park Savings Bank, and the Norward National Bank. He remained the chief executive officer of these three businesses until his death. Cooper also served as president of the Ohio Fair Managers Association and as president of the Ohio Council of Churches.

Cooper played an active role in the Ohio Republican Party during the 1910s and the 1920s and held a number of party positions. Cooper did not seek political office until 1926, when he ran for the Ohio governor's seat. He lost to the incumbent, Alvin Victor Donahey. In 1928, Donahey did not seek reelection, and Cooper easily won election as governor over the Democratic Party's candidate, Martin Luther Davey.

When Cooper took office in 1929, the Republican Party controlled the Ohio legislature. As a result of this Republican dominance, Cooper's two years as governor were uneventful politically. He was able to implement most of his proposals with little opposition from the legislature. During Cooper's administration, the state began new soil conservation programs, passed laws to safeguard investors' funds, and reduced personal and real property taxes. Cooper's administration also saw the creation of the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library. Intending to create a library to solely house the works of Ohioans, Cooper's wife solicited donations of books from authors who were from the state of Ohio. Initially, Ohio's First Lady housed the collection in the solarium of the Governor's Mansion. In 1935, the library moved to the State Library in Columbus.

Cooper ran for reelection in 1930. With the coming of the Great Depression, many Ohioans blamed the governor for not assisting them more. Cooper lost the election to George White. After losing the election in 1930, Cooper returned to his business and civic interests in Cincinnati. He died on December 6, 1958.
People Cooper, Myers Young, 1873-1958
Z.E. Talbert, 1869-1954
Signed Name "Z-E-TALBERT 1930."
Sig Loc Lower right
Image size 40-1/4" x 30"
Frame size 44-1/2" x 34-1/2"
Material Oil Paint/Canvas/Wood
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Provenance In 1867, the Ohio General Assembly passed a joint resolution relative to the governors of Ohio. The legislators resolved that "the secretary of state, on the first Monday of January next, whether the portraits of the governors of Ohio, state and territorial, can be procured, and if so, whether original portraits or copies, and the probable expense of procuring such portraits for the governor's office."

Z.E. Talbert painted and signed this portrait of Governor Cooper in 1930.

No written documentation has been located on this portrait.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Search Terms Ohio Governor
Ohio Governor's Portraits
Subjects Governors
Portrait paintings
Collection Statehouse Artwork Collection/Governors' Portraits