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.