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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.
BibliographyLibby, Justin H. Anti-Japanese Sentiment in the Pacific
Northwest: Senator Schwellenbach and Congressman Coffee Attempt to Embargo
Mid-America 58 (October 1976): 167-74.