Alexander Hamilton Coffroth

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Alexander Hamilton Coffroth
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded by Jacob M. Campbell
Succeeded by Jacob M. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Preceded by Joseph Bailey
Succeeded by William H. Koontz
Personal details
Born (1828-05-18)May 18, 1828
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Died September 2, 1906(1906-09-02) (aged 78)
Markleton, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic

Alexander Hamilton Coffroth (May 18, 1828 – September 2, 1906) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Life and career[edit]

Alexander H. Coffroth was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools and Somerset Academy. He published a Democratic paper in Somerset for five years. He studied law in the law office of Hon. Jeremiah S. Black, was admitted to the bar in February 1851 at Somerset, where he practiced his profession. He was a delegate to several Democratic State conventions, as well as a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Conventions which assembled in Charleston, South Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland. He served as an assessor of internal revenue in 1867, and was a delegate to the 1872 Democratic National Convention.

Coffroth was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress. During his term in the Thirty-eighth Congress, he supported the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, along with some other Democrats, such as Archibald McAllister. He claimed reelection to the Thirty-ninth Congress, was seated on February 19, 1866, and served until July 18, 1866, when he was succeeded by William H. Koontz, who contested the election. He was again elected to the Forty-sixth Congress. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Invalid Pensions during the Forty-sixth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1880. He resumed the practice of law in Somerset and died in Markleton, Pennsylvania, in 1906. Interment was in Union Cemetery in Somerset.

Coffroth was the last surviving pallbearer who had served at the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.

In the 2012 film Lincoln Coffroth is portrayed by Boris McGiver.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (2011). "Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ casts every other good actor under the sun". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 

Sources[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Bailey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district

1863–1866
Succeeded by
William H. Koontz
Preceded by
Jacob M. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district

1879–1881
Succeeded by
Jacob M. Campbell