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Cooper, James Freyer (1880-1931)

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Cooper, James Freyer (1880-1931)


Cooper, James Freyer
American Birth Control League

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James Freyer Cooper (1880-1931) was an English-born physician who became the ABCL medical director in 1925. He formally ended his association with the clinic in Jan. 1929, noting that the position, which combined lecturing around the country to medical groups with directing and developing work at the clinic, had grown beyond the capabilities of one person; he opted to keep his title and continue lecture tours for the ABCL.

Cooper emigrated to the United States in 1886. He was a graduate of Boston University Medical School in 1912 and then became a lecturer there three years on gynecology and obstetrics.  

Served as a missionary in Foochow, China, at the Foochow Union College as Clinical Instructor on gynecology and obstetrics. During World War I he joined the British Army on the Medical staff in the rank of  Captain.  Returning to private practice in Boston, he specialized on obstetrics and gynecology, and left this practice to become Medical Director of Research Department of the League.

Traveled over 40,000 miles in his work for the ABCL, and addressed 300 medical societies.  “His interest in the subject began during his years as an obstetrician in the Boston slums fifteen years ago.  Held position of medical director at the time of his death.

Cooper was the author of Techniques of Contraception: The Principles and Practice of Anti-Conceptional Methods [New York, 1928], a guide written for the use of the medical profession.

Records of Cooper's lectures to medical societies can be found in the Records of the American Birth Control League (Houghton Library, Harvard University).


Obituary in New York Times, Mar. 28, 1931
American Birth Control League records, 1917-1934: Guide
Knopf: “In Memoriam: James F. Cooper,” The Medical Journal and Record, May 20, 1931