Illustration of Thomas Cooper in front of a yellow background with black text on top
The Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J., U.S.A.
July 17, 1894
April 14, 1896
July 21, 1896
Thomas Cooper (1874-1906) was a champion bicycle rider during the 1890s. A natural bicyclist, Cooper's affinity on a bike would make him a national celebrity in the United States. Highlights of his career include his first place finish in the half-mile professional event, which was part of the 1898 League of American Wheelman Championship and also his victory during the Bicycle Championship of America in 1899. Besides his career in cycling, Cooper is also hailed as an early pioneer in the automobile industry, striking up partnerships with figures such as Barney Oldfield and Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Cooper's life would end as a result of an auto accident in New York City on November 16, 1906.