July 11, 1871 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
At 8 o'clock, on Sunday evening, June 22d at Jasper, Ind., of bilious fever followed by consumption. ORLANDO COPE.
He was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, on March 10, 1843, being at the time of his death aged twenty-eight years, three
months and twenty-two days. Being raised upon a farm he had the advantages of a common school education, which at one time, immediately after his
removal to this county, in 1852, were not great. But he was alway at the head of his classes, industrious as a student, and active on the play
ground. In 1866 he entered the State University, at Bloomington, which he attended several terms, heginning there the study of languages several
of which he afterward mastered.
From Bloomington he went to Yale College, New Haven, Conn., where he graduated with the class of 1870, standing fifteenth
in a class of one hundred and thirteen, and taking the gold medal as the best mathematician. He was one of the few students from the Western States
upon whom literary honors were conferred at that institution, which is still more creditable when it is remembered that he united with none of the
college societies, the controlling influence of which in the disposal of honors is well known to all graduates. It was mentioned in the class book
at his graduation, that during his three years of college life at Yale he missed no recitation, and was not once absent from religious service at
the chapel; he being the only member of his class of whom either was true.
From his childhood it was observed that his views of right, or of honor, were such as permitted no modification when made
desirable by interest or convenience. These noble principles, at all times observed and cultivated, became if possible more prominent and better
developed later in life, and were the subject of frequent comment by those who knew him, with prospects of rare brilliance, he was summoned by that
relentless messenger whose call is not evaded.
Son of Evan Cope & Harriet (Townsend) Cope.
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