Born in Cumberland, Myles Cooper attended Queen's College Oxford (B.A. 1756, M.A., D.C.L. by diploma 1767). A volume of his poems was published at Oxford in 1761. The following year he emigrated to America, where he was a the second president of King's College in New York (now Columbia University) from 1763-75. There he organized the first medical school in the colonies. His outspoken Loyalist views aroused enough controversy that he had to be smuggled out aboard a man-of-war. Cooper's loyalty was rewarded with two clerical livings in England; he eventually became senior minister to the English chapel at Edinburgh.
Poems on several occasions. 1761.
The American querist. 1774.
A friendly address to all reasonable Americans. 1774.
What think ye of the Congress now? 1775.
National humiliation and repentance recommended, and the cause of the present rebellion in America assigned. 1777.