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Ernest C. Cooper (1870-1932)

Ernest C. Cooper was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. In 1890 he entered the Joyful News Mission in Rochdale for training and at the end of that year was sent as a lay missionary to Wuchang in China. He returned to England in 1897 and trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Richmond College. In 1901 he went back to China and pioneered the work in Hunan province, being the first Methodist missionary to live in the capital, Changsha.

Cooper was appointed tutor at the Changsha Theological School in 1910. Failing health compelled him to superannuate in 1916, while visiting England, but he returned again to China in 1920 to take charge of the Chinese Church at Kuling and help at the Language School.

He was forced by the civil troubles of 1927 to leave for England where he worked in the Bristol Mission until 1929 when he returned to China for the last time. He died at Kuling after a long period of poor health.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1932

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