COFFIN, Charles Edward, (1841 - 1912)


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COFFIN, Charles Edward, a Representative from Maryland; born in Boston, Mass., July 18, 1841; attended the Boston grammar and high schools; moved to Maryland in 1863 and settled in Muirkirk, Prince George’s County, where he took charge of the ironworks; member of the State house of delegates in 1884; served in the State senate 1890-1894; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Barnes Compton; reelected on the same day to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from November 6, 1894, to March 3, 1897; engaged in the manufacture of charcoal pig iron, and subsequently became the owner of the Muirkirk blast furnaces; died in Muirkirk, Md., May 24, 1912; interment in St. John’s Protestant Episcopal Church Cemetery, Beltsville, Md.