Born in 1854
Born in Missouri
Residence: 207 W. 2nd. Street.
Moses Cooper was a Leadville clerk active in the city during 1880. Cooper was born in 1854, and hailed from Missouri. He worked as a clerk for David Loeb, who was a furniture merchant. Cooper was only in Leadville briefly, probably due to an unfortunate episode that occurred while he worked for Loeb. Cooper was involved in a scheme where he procured jewelry from Mr. (Sol) Levy, a pawnbroker, and Mr. Hauser, a jeweler, under the guise of selling this merchandise to a prospective client.  Levy and Hauser trusted Cooper as a middleman, but he soon disappeared in an attempt to steal away with the jewelry.
However, Cooper was caught after he had pawned some of his stolen goods off on Judge Pendery. Cooper was regretful of his actions and admitted what he had done was wrong. Cooper was upset the story had appeared in the papers, because he feared his friends and family in the East would learn of wrongdoings. The Carbonate Chronicle stated “that fast women and wine have been the prime causes of this unfortunate young man’s deviation from the path of rectitude.” The paper also noted that Cooper had held “a part interest in a saloon” in Leadville. Cooper reached a compromise with those he wronged, and thus avoided state prison. He no longer appeared in the city directories after 1880, which suggests he had to leave Leadville.
1 1880 Leadville City Directory
2 U.S. Census Bureau. 1880 Census
3 1880 Leadville City Directory
4 “Crooked Cooper.” Carbonate Chronicle, September 11, 1880. Accessed October 15, 2016. https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org
12 1880 Leadville City Directory
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