|Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Nancy Coffin Kurtz
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.
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