Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944

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Dean of the College of Engineering of the University of Michigan.

From the description of Mortimer E. Cooley papers, 1873-1944. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34418437

From the description of Mortimer E. Cooley papers, 1873-1944. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 82298333

Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan.

From the description of Mortimer Elwyn Cooley papers, 1943-1944. (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 317483435

Mortimer E. Cooley was born in Canandaigua, New York on March 28, 1855. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1878 as an engineer cadet. He advanced to the rank of assistant engineer in 1880, then in 1881, he was ordered to the University of Michigan as professor of steam engineering and iron shipbuilding. Cooley resigned from the navy in 1885 though he did serve a brief tour of volunteer naval duty during the Spanish-American War as chief engineer of the blockade ship, "Yosemite." In 1904 Cooley was made dean of the Department of Engineering and in 1913 he also selected as dean of the newly combined Departments of Engineering and Architecture (renamed in 1915 the College of Engineering and Architecture). Cooley retired as dean in 1928 but remained active at the University and in other capacities until his death in 1944.

Cooley made his mark as a expert in the area of public utilities, helping to develop standardized and meaningful methods for evaluating public utilities. In 1900, at the request of Governor Hazen S. Pingree, Cooley collaborated with U-M economist Henry Carter Adams in devising a viable and scientific method of determining railroad valuation for purposes of taxation. Because of the significance of this work, both Wisconsin and Minnesota looked to Cooley for help in developing their own systems of railroad evaluation. In addition, Cooley served as long-time advisor for the Interstate Commerce Commission and was its first consultant in its nationwide railroad appraisal program.

Cooley ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate from Michigan in 1924. Among other issues, Cooley campaigned on the need for conservation and efficiency of resource use. Cooley believed that there should be more technically trained individuals in the Congress, including engineers and economist, not just attorneys and professional politicians. During the New Deal, Cooley was named state engineer for the Public Works Administration.

Cooley died August 25, 1944.

From the guide to the Mortimer E. Cooley Papers, 1873-1944, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Cissel, James H. (James Harlan), b. 1889. James Harlan Cissel papers, 1934-1943. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Camilla and Ethel Green Family Papers, 1827-1988, 1910-1955 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Green family. Camilla and Ethel Green photograph series. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Mershon, Wm. B. (William Butts), 1856-1943. William Butts Mershon papers, 1848-1943. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Arthur H. Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974, 1915-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf University of Michigan. College of Engineering. College of Engineering (University of Michigan) Records, 1873-[ongoing]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Earle Wilbur Dow papers, 1885-1945 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Rudolph E. Reichert Papers, 1907-1962 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Cooley, Ernest Linwood, 1856-1928. Ernest Linwood Cooley papers, 1875-1928. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972. Charles Albert Sink papers, 1907-1996. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Cooley, Lyman Edgar, 1850-1917. Lyman Edgar Cooley papers, 1865-1917. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. Rudolph Edward Reichert papers, 1907-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Wood, De Volson, 1832-1897. De Volson Wood papers, 1828-1936 (scattered). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn James B. Angell Papers, 1845-1916 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925. Marion LeRoy Burton papers, 1895-1925. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Lucius L. Hubbard papers, 1871-1935 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Harry Burns Hutchins Papers, 1879-1930 Bentley Historical Library University if Michigan
referencedIn R. M. Wenley Papers, 1879-1931 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Charles A. Sink Papers, 1890s-1996 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf University of Michigan. College of Engineering. College of Engineering (University of Michigan) records, 1860-[ongoing]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn James H. Cissel papers, 1934-1943 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Welsh, Herbert, 1851-1941. Correspondence, on the Miles report, 1903. University of Michigan
referencedIn Sargent, Nathan, 1849-1907. Nathan Sargent papers, 1866-1957 (bulk 1880-1905). Library of Congress
referencedIn Arthur Lyon Cross Papers, 1897-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Green family. Camilla and Ethel Green papers, 1827-1988 (bulk 1910-1955) University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Wood, De Volson, 1832-1897. De Volson Wood papers, 1840-1936. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn George Robert Swain photographs and papers, ca. 1870 - 1947, 1913-1947 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944. Mortimer E. Cooley papers, 1873-1944. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925. Marion LeRoy Burton papers, 1901-1925. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn John Garrett Winter papers, 1901-1954 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Scientific Club (University of Michigan) records, 1875-1998 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-. Murray Delos Van Wagoner papers, 1921-1949. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Riggs, Henry Earle, 1865-1949. Henry Earle Riggs papers, 1911-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Michigan Board of State Tax Commissioners, Michigan Railroad Appraisal record books, 1900 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Michigan. Board of State Tax Commissioners. Michigan Board of State Tax Commissioners reports, 1900. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Henry Earle Riggs papers, 1911-1942 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Lawton, J. Fred (James Frederick), 1888-1969. James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Marion L. Burton Papers, 1895-1925, 1921-1925 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944. Mortimer E. Cooley papers, 1873-1944. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Wenley, R. M. (Robert Mark), 1861-1929. Robert M. Wenley papers, 1879-1931. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Arthur Scott Aiton papers, 1922-1959 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Thomas, Calvin, 1854-1919. Calvin Thomas papers, 1838-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944. Mortimer Elwyn Cooley papers, 1943-1944. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Engineering Communications (University of Michigan) Records, 1895-1997, 1960-1997 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Clarence Cook Little papers, 1924-1929 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn William B. Mershon Papers, 1848-1943 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Calvin Thomas Papers, 1838-1940, 1872-1919 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Artiaga, Santiago, 1878-1962. Santiago Artiaga papers, 1914-1957. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Lyman E. Cooley papers, 1865-1917 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Dow, Earle W. (Earle Wilbur), 1868-1946. Earle Wilbur Dow papers, 1885-1945. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn University of Michigan Faculty and Staff Portraits, ca. 1860-ca. 1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Aiton, Arthur S. (Arthur Scott), 1894-1955. Arthur S. Aiton papers, 1922-1959. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Sawyer, Walter H. (Walter Hulme), 1861-1931. Walter H. Sawyer papers, 1900-1931. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Winter, John Garrett, 1881-1956. John Garrett Winter papers, 1901-1951. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963. Emil Lorch papers, 1891-1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Hubbard, Lucius L. (Lucius Lee), 1849-1933. Lucius Lee Hubbard papers, 1871-1935. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Junius E. Beal Papers, 1869-1946 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Alumni Association (University of Michigan), Individual Photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1960s Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Jesse Siddall Reeves Papers, 1853-1942, 1901-1942 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn College of Engineering (University of Michigan) records, 1873-2010, 1900-1980 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Sawyer, Walter H. (Walter Hulme), 1861-1931. Walter H. Sawyer papers, 1901-1931. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Nathan Sargent Papers, 1866-1957, (bulk 1880-1905) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Mortimer E. Cooley Papers, 1873-1944 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Murray D. Van Wagoner Papers, 1921-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Shirley Wheeler Smith Papers, 1881-1959 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Michigan. Scientific Club. Scientific Club (University of Michigan) records, 1875-1998. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Santiago Artiaga papers, 1914-1957 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn James Orin Murfin papers, 1896-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949. Papers, 1908-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Hopkins, Louis Allen. Louis A. Hopkins papers, 1906-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Chase S. Osborn Papers, ca. 1870-1949, 1889-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Green, Camilla B., 1870-1955. Camilla Green collection, 1886-1953. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn University of Michigan. Scientific Club. Scientific Club (University of Michigan) records, 1875-1974. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972. Charles Albert Sink papers, 1907-1985. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Beal, Junius E. (Junius Emery), 1860-1942. Junius Emery Beal papers, 1869-1946. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Walter H. Sawyer papers, 1900-1931 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944. Mortimer Elwyn Cooley papers, 1943-1944. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Henry Carter Adams papers, 1964-1924 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Ernest L. Cooley Papers, 1875-1928 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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associatedWith Davis, Joseph Baker, 1845-1920 person
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associatedWith Denby, Edwin, 1870-1929. person
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associatedWith Hubbard, Lucius L. (Lucius Lee), 1849-1933. person
associatedWith Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930. person
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associatedWith Keatley, Vivien B. (Vivien Bulloch), 1909- person
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associatedWith Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860. person
associatedWith Reeves, Jesse Siddall, 1872- person
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United States
United States
Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Michigan--Ann Arbor
Detroit (Mich.)
Manistee River (Mich.)
Michigan
Subject
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New Deal, 1933-1939
Public utilities--valuation
Parades and processions
Engineering--Study and teaching
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Railroads--Valuation
Buildings--Michigan--Detroit
Engineers
Charities
Engineers--Michigan--Ann Arbor
Logbooks
Spanish--American War, 1898
Public welfare--Michigan
New Deal, 1933-1939--Michigan
Public welfare
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