What is the Cooper Act?


The Cooper Act proposed the formation and administration of a civil government within the Philippines. The Cooper Act, also known as the Philippine Bill, was signed into law on July 2, 1902 by President Theodore Roosevelt, according to Philippine History.

The bill became known as the Cooper Act because it was sponsored by the U.S. Congressman Henry Allen Cooper. The bill extended the American Bill of Rights to all Filipinos, with an exception made for the right of trial by jury. It also provided for the formation of a bicameral legislative body and for the executive powers of the civil governor to be retained.

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