COFFEE, John Main

COFFEE, John Main
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1897–1983

Biography

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.

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External Research Collections

University of Washington Libraries
Manuscripts, Special Collections, University Archives

Seattle, WA
Papers: 1934-1946, 1.5 cubic feet. The papers of John Main Coffee include scrapbooks, as well as correspondence of the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee relating to the candidacy of Zacariah A. Vane for Washington state legislator.
Papers: In the Robert E. Burke Collection, 1930-1945, 20.5 cubic feet. Persons represented include John Main Coffee.
Papers: In the Warren Grant Magnuson Papers, 1929-1980, 1405.5 cubic feet. Other major correspondents include John M. Coffee.
Papers: In the Hugh B. Mitchell Papers, ca. 1940-1967, 75 cubic feet. Major correspondents include John Main Coffee.
Papers: In the Ethan Allen Peyser Papers, ca. 1932-1958, 4.5 cubic feet. Correspondents include John Coffee.
Papers: In the Thomas C. Rabbitt Papers, 1943-1961, 100 items. Persons represented include John Main Coffee.
Papers: In the Lillian Sylton Spear Papers, 1936-1963, 6.09 cubic feet. Major correspondents include John Main Coffee.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

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.

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