COFFIN, Frank Morey, a Representative from Maine; born in Lewiston, Androscoggin County,
Maine, July 11, 1919; educated in Lewiston public schools; graduated from Bates
College in 1940, from Harvard Business School in 1943, and Harvard Law School
in 1947; served in the Pacific Theater with the United States Navy as an ensign
and later as a lieutenant 1943-1946; was admitted to the bar and commenced the
practice of law in Lewiston, Maine; law clerk for Federal judge, district of
Maine, 1947-1949; chairman Maine Democratic State committee 1954-1956; elected
as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses (January 3,
1957-January 3, 1961); was not a candidate for renomination in 1960, but was
unsuccessful for election as Governor of Maine; managing director of
Development Loan Fund until October 1961 when he became deputy administrator of
the Agency for International Development and served until 1964; appointed to
serve as United States Representative to Development Assistance Committee of
the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France,
1964-1965; appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First
Circuit, October 2, 1965, and served as chief judge of that court, 1972 to
1983, and assumed senior status, February 1, 1989; chairman, U.S. Judicial
Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch, 1984-1990; died on December 7,
2009, in Portland, Maine.
BibliographyCoffin, Frank Morey.
The Ways Of A Judge. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980.