COIT, Joshua, a Representative from Connecticut; born in New London, Conn., October 7, 1758;
attended the common schools, and was graduated from Harvard College in 1776; studied law; was
admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New London in 1779; member of the State house of
representatives in 1784, 1785, 1789, 1790, 1792, and 1793; served as clerk during several terms and
as speaker in 1793; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress; reelected as a
Federalist to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1793, until his death in New
London, Conn., September 5, 1798; chairman, Committee on Elections (Fifth Congress); interment
in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
BibliographyDestler, Chester McArthur. Joshua Coit,
American Federalist, 1758-1798. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1962.