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Henry Asa COFFEEN

(1841-1912)

COFFEEN, Henry Asa, a Representative from Wyoming; born near Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, February 14, 1841; moved with his parents to Indiana, and thence to Homer, Champaign County, Ill., in 1853; attended the country schools and was graduated from the scientific department of Abingdon College (afterwards consolidated with Eureka College), Illinois; engaged in teaching; member of the faculty of Hiram College, Ohio; moved to Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyo., in 1884; delegate from Wyoming to the World’s Fair Congress of Bankers and Financiers at Chicago in June 1893; member of the constitutional convention that framed the constitution of the new State of Wyoming in 1889; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; engaged in literary pursuits until his death in Sheridan, Wyo., December 9, 1912; interment in Sheridan Cemetery.

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

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