COFFEEN, Henry Asa, a Representative from Wyoming; born near Gallipolis, Gallia County,
Ohio, February 14, 1841; moved with his parents to Indiana, and thence to
Homer, Champaign County, Ill., in 1853; attended the country schools and was
graduated from the scientific department of Abingdon College (afterwards
consolidated with Eureka College), Illinois; engaged in teaching; member of the
faculty of Hiram College, Ohio; moved to Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyo., in
1884; delegate from Wyoming to the Worlds Fair Congress of Bankers and
Financiers at Chicago in June 1893; member of the constitutional convention
that framed the constitution of the new State of Wyoming in 1889; elected as a
Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895);
unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress;
engaged in literary pursuits until his death in Sheridan, Wyo., December 9,
1912; interment in Sheridan Cemetery.
BibliographySchlup, Leonard. I am Not a Cuckoo Democrat! The Congressional
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Annals of Wyoming 66 (1994): 30-47.