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Thomas Chalkley COFFIN

(1887-1934)

COFFIN, Thomas Chalkley, a Representative from Idaho; born in Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, October 25, 1887; moved to Boise, Ada County, Idaho, with his parents in 1898; attended the public schools of Caldwell and Boise, Idaho, and was graduated from the Phillips-Exeter Academy at Exeter, N.H., in 1906; attended Yale Sheffield Scientific School and was graduated from the law department Yale University in 1910; was admitted to the bar in 1911 and commenced the practice of law in Boise, Idaho; served as assistant attorney general of Idaho 1913-1915; moved to Pocatello, Idaho, in 1917 and continued the practice of law; during the First World War served in the aviation branch of the United States Navy; mayor of Pocatello 1931-1933; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress and served from March 4, 1933, until his death in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 1934; interment in Mountainview Cemetery, Pocatello, Idaho.

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

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