Harry M. Coudrey

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Harry Marcy Coudrey (February 28, 1867 – July 5, 1930) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brunswick, Missouri to J.N. and L.H. Coudrey, Harry moved with his parents to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1878.[1] He attended the public schools of St. Louis and was graduated from the Manual Training School at St. Louis in 1886.[1]

Early career[edit]

Coudrey worked in the insurance industry and rose rapidly through the profession. He worked as a special agent for Travelers' Insurance Company for three years following his graduation from school and he established the insurance firm of Coudrey & Scott in 1889. Coudrey & Scott was renamed Harry M. Coudrey & Company in 1901. Coudrey was elected president of the National Association of Casualty & Surety Underwriters.[1]

In addition to his success in insurance, Coudrey was also a director of the Washington National Bank and a director and treasurer of the Universal Adding Machine Company. Other honors earned by Coudrey are: president of the St. Louis Fire Insurance Agents Association, and secretary of the St. Louis Club. He was a member of many organizations, including the Masonic fraternity, the Merchants Exchange, the Business Men's League, the Loyal Legion, and a member of the St. Louis University Club, Noonday Club, Mercantile Club, Athletic Club, Glen Echo Club, and Field Club.[1]


Coudrey was elected a member of the municipal house of delegates of St. Louis in 1897 and served for two years.[1] He became interested in various business enterprises in St. Louis. Coudrey was at one time president of the Twenty-eight Ward Republican League Club.[1] He successfully contested as a Republican the election of Democrat Ernest E. Wood to the Fifty-ninth Congress.[1] During the election, there was gross fraud and Coudrey was not seated until almost the end of the Congress' first session.[1] He was reelected to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses and served from June 23, 1906, to March 4, 1911. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress. He moved to New York City in 1911. He engaged in the real estate, insurance, and publishing businesses.

Later life & death[edit]

He died in Norfolk, Virginia on July 5, 1930 and was interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery, in St. Louis, Missouri.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Stevens, Walter Barlow (1909). St. Louis History of the Fourth City 1763-1909. St. Louis, Missouri: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. 


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ernest E. Wood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
Leonidas C. Dyer