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William Radford COYLE

(1878-1962)

COYLE, William Radford, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Washington, D.C., July 10, 1878; attended the public schools, and Columbian College (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1898 and 1899; field assistant in the United States Geological Survey 1896-1899; attended the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., in 1900; served in the United States Marine Corps as second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and captain 1900-1906; attended the law department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1906 and 1907; moved to Germantown, Pa., in 1906 and to Bethlehem, Pa., in 1908; school director of Bethlehem, Pa., 1912-1918; captain of the Fourth Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in 1913; was commissioned a captain in the United States Marine Corps in 1918, and later the same year, a major; promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1932; president of the American Wholesale Coal Association in 1921 and 1922; trustee to settle the affairs of the Tidewater Coal Exchange 1922-1925; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1927); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1926 to the Seventieth Congress; elected to the Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress, for election in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress, and for election in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1936 and 1944; chairman of civilian defense in Bethlehem, Pa., 1941-1945; vice president of Weston Dodson & Co., Inc., 1932-1954; chairman of Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority 1953-1959; died in Bethlehem, Pa., January 30, 1962; interment in Nisky Hill Cemetery.

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

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