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John Main COFFEE

(1897-1983)

COFFEE, John Main, a Representative from Washington; born in Tacoma, Wash., January 23, 1897; attended the public schools; University of Washington at Seattle, A.B. and LL.B., 1920 and from the law department of Yale University, J.D., 1921; was admitted to the bar in 1922 and commenced practice in Tacoma, Wash.; secretary to United States Senator C.C. Dill in 1923 and 1924; secretary of the advisory board of the National Recovery Administration 1933-1935; appraiser and examiner of Pierce County for the Washington State Inheritance Tax and Escheat Division 1933-1936; civil service commissioner for Tacoma, Wash., in 1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress, for election in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress, and in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress; practicing attorney in Tacoma and Seattle, Wash.; was a resident of Tacoma, Wash., until his death in June 1983.

Bibliography

Libby, Justin H. “Anti-Japanese Sentiment in the Pacific Northwest: Senator Schwellenbach and Congressman Coffee Attempt to Embargo Japan, 1937-1941.” Mid-America 58 (October 1976): 167-74.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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