Cooper, James Fenimore – Author


The James Fenimore Cooper mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique authors and includes an image of James Fenimore Cooper and a short biography.

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James Fenimore Cooper lived most of his life in Cooperstown, NY, a town founded by his father, from whom he inherited a fortune.  At 13, he entered Yale University but was expelled for his dangerous pranks.  At 17, he crewed on a merchant ship then joined the navy.  In 1820, on a bet with his wife, James Fenimore Cooper wrote his first novel Precaution.  This was followed by The Pioneers, the first of his Leatherstocking Tales.  His most famous novel, The Last of the Mohicans, was published in 1826.  Cooper was one of the first American novelists to include African-American and Native-American characters in his work.  His work was admired throughout the world.  While Cooper is best remembered for his Leatherstocking series, he wrote 40 novels involving sea stories and politics.

The Leatherstocking Tales

The Leatherstocking Tales are a series of five novels, mostly depicting the Iroquois areas of central NY.  The novels include The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, The Pioneers, and The Prairie.  They feature Natty Bumppo, a young white frontiersman known to the American settlers as “Leatherstocking,” to the Native-Americans as “Deerslayer,” and to the French as “Long Rifle” or “Hawkeye.”  His companion in the tales is the Mohican chief Chingachgook, referred to as his brother, and his son, Uncas, who was the last of the Mohicans.

This James Fenimore Cooper History Mug is part of our Author series which includes many unique individuals.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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