- Royal S. Copeland
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Royal Samuel Copeland (
November 7, 1868– June 17, 1938) was an American academic, homeopathic physician, and politicianwho held elected offices in both Michigan(as a Republican) and New York(as a Democrat). He represented New York in the United States Senatefrom 1923 until 1938.
Early life and medical career
Dexter, Michiganto parents Roscoe P. Copeland and Frances J. (Holmes) Copeland, Royal Copeland graduated from the Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) with a bachelor's degree. In 1888, he taught school in Sylvan Township, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michiganin Ann Arbor with a degree in medicine in 1889. After graduate studies in Europe, Dr. Copeland practiced medicine in Bay City, Michigan, from 1890 to 1895. Copeland was admitted to the Homeopathy Society of Michigan on May 21, 1890, and was made secretary of the society in October 1893. He was a professor of Ophthalmology and Otology in the University of Michigan Medical School's Homeopathic Department from 1895 until 1908.
Political career in Michigan
During his time as a medical professor in Ann Arbor, Copeland was active in municipal politics. He served as Republican mayor of Ann Arbor from 1901 to 1903, as president of the Ann Arbor Board of Education from 1907 to 1908, and as president of the Ann Arbor Board of Park Commissioners.Fact|date=May 2008
Political career in New York
On July 15, 1908, Copeland married Frances Spalding. The same year, Copeland moved to
New York Cityto take a position as dean at the New York Flower Hospital and Medical College, a position he left in 1918 to serve as President of the New York Board of Health. He gained much positive public attention for keeping New Yorkers calm during the influenza outbreak of 1918.cite book |first= Natalie |last=Robins, |title=Copeland's Cure: Homeopathy and the War Between Conventional and Alternative Medicine|publisher Knopf, New York |date = 2005 |page= 154 - 166 | quote= New York did come out better than any other city in the nation.]
In 1922, Copeland ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate, defeating first-term Republican Senator
William M. Calder. Franklin D. Rooseveltserved as his honorary campaign manager for this election. [ Robert Dallek, "Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945" (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979), p. 14.] Copeland was re-elected in 1928 over Republican challenger Alanson B. Houghton, the U.S. Ambassador to Britain and a former U.S. Congressman. Copeland was again re-elected in 1934, this time defeating future U.S. Congressman [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000535 E. Harold Cluett] .
During his three terms in the U.S. Senate, Copeland served as chairman of the
U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administrationfrom 1933 to 1936 and chairman of the Committee on Commerce from 1935 to 1938. Copeland served as primary author and sponsor of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Actof 1938, an important consumers right law.
Copeland was close to the regular Democratic organization in New York, the boss-led
Tammany Hall. He was a conservative Democrat and not especially supportive of his fellow New Yorker, President Franklin Roosevelt's New Dealpolicies. Copeland was known for his successful efforts to bring air conditioning to the Senate.
In 1937 he lost the Democratic nomination for
Mayor of New York Cityto Judge Jeremiah T. Mahoney, and the Republican nomination to incumbent Republican Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia. [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,771942,00.html "Perplexing Primary", TIME Magazine, Monday, September 27, 1937] (free access on May 28, 2008.)] Senator Copeland died in office on June 17, 1938 and was buried at Mahwah Cemetery in Mahwah, New Jersey.
Honors and society memberships
Copeland was a member of several honor societies and fraternal organizations, including the
Pi Gamma Mu, international honor society in social sciences, which he served in various positions, Delta Kappa Epsilon, the New York Athletic Club, the National Democratic Club, the Elks, the Freemasons, the Knights Templar, the Shriners, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and the Sons of the American Revolution.Fact|date=May 2008
At various times Copeland served as President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Michigan Homeopathic Society; President of the American Ophthalmological, Otological, and Laryngological Society; President American Institute of Homeopathy; Vice President of the American Public Health Association; Member of the National Board of Control of
Epworth League; President of the Michigan Epworth League; member of the Tuberculosis Commission of Michigan; trustee of Michigan State Tuberculosis Sanitarium; and he was elected three times to the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.Fact|date=May 2008
* "Biographical Materials" folder, Copeland Papers, Michigan Historical Collection, Bentley Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/MI/ofc/annarbor.html Mayors of Ann Arbor page] at "PoliticalGraveyard.com"
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