George Coe (Michigan politician)

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George Coe
11th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
Governor Kinsley S. Bingham
Preceded by George Griswold
Succeeded by Edmund Burke Fairfield
Member of the Michigan Senate
In office
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1811-08-16)August 16, 1811
Rush, New York
Died October 21, 1869(1869-10-21) (aged 58)
Coldwater, Michigan
Resting place Oak Grove Cemetery
Coldwater, Michigan
Political party Whig
Republican Party

George Alonzo Coe (August 16, 1811 – October 21, 1869) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He served as the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan.

Early life[edit]

Coe was born in Rush, New York and moved to Illinois at a young age. He was raised on his father’s farm until the age of fourteen and then attended school and taught school.[1] He studied law with Judge Pratt in Rochester, New York and began the practice of law in Coldwater, Michigan in 1839. In 1856, Coe became a law partner with future Congressman Charles Upson.[2]

Political career[edit]

Coe held various political positions in Michigan, and was elected as a Whig candidate to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1840.[3] In 1846 he was elected to the Michigan Senate to represent the 4th District, and in 1847 he was elected to the State Senate to represent the 3rd District. Coe was elected as the first Republican to serve as the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan.[citation needed] He served as Lieutenant Governor from 1855-1859 under Michigan Governor Kinsley Bingham.[4]

Coe was also a delegate to the 1856 Republican National Convention from Michigan, which nominated John C. Fremont for U. S. President, however Fremont lost to James Buchanan in the general election.[5] Coe left office in 1859 at the age of fifty-eight, and resumed his legal practice.

He died in Coldwater, Michigan on October 21, 1869, ten years after leaving office.[6] He is interred in Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater.


  1. ^ the University of Michigan (1888). EARLY HISTORY WITH BIOGRAPHIES OF STATE OFFICERS. the University of Michigan. p. 181. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Hubbell, John T. and Geary, James W. (1995). Biographical Dictionary of the Union: Northern Leaders of the Civil War. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 548. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  3. ^ the University of Michigan (1888). EARLY HISTORY WITH BIOGRAPHIES OF STATE OFFICERS. the University of Michigan. p. 181. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Collin,, Rev. Henry P. (1906). A TWENTIETH CENTURY History and Biographical Record OF BRANCH COUNTY, MICHIGAN. REV. HENRY P. COLLIN, M. A. p. 216. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Republican Party (Mich.) (1904). Proceedings at celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the Republican party: at Jackson, Michigan, July 6, 1904. Republican Party (Mich.). p. 74. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  6. ^ The Society (1908). Historical Collections, Volume 14. The Society. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Griswold
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Edmund B. Fairfield