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Joshua COIT

(1758-1798)

COIT, Joshua, a Representative from Connecticut; born in New London, Conn., October 7, 1758; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Harvard College in 1776; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New London in 1779; member of the State house of representatives in 1784, 1785, 1789, 1790, 1792, and 1793; served as clerk during several terms and as speaker in 1793; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress; reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1793, until his death in New London, Conn., September 5, 1798; chairman, Committee on Elections (Fifth Congress); interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Bibliography

Destler, Chester McArthur. Joshua Coit, American Federalist, 1758-1798. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1962.

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

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