John E. Coffee
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He was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and was a grandson of Peter Coffee, Sr. (1716 – November 1771) and Susannah Mathews (1701–1796). He is sometimes confused by researchers with his first cousin John Coffee, a general in the Tennessee militia.
John E. Coffee moved with his parents and family to a plantation near Powelton in Hancock County, Georgia, in 1800. In 1807, he settled in Telfair County, Georgia, where he developed his own plantation.
As a general in the Georgia state militia, Coffee cut a road through the state of Georgia, which would be called "Coffee Road," to carry munitions to the Florida Territory to fight the Indians during the Creek War. It is now called the "Old Coffee Road".
John Coffee served as a member of the Georgia Senate from 1819 to 1827. He was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth U.S. Congresses and served from March 4, 1833, until his death on September 25, 1836. He was reelected to the Twenty-fifth United States Congress on October 3, 1836, after his death, the news of his death not having been received.
Note: The picture at the right shows Coffee's cenotaph, not his grave.
Legacy and honors
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Printing Office. p. 86.
- John E. Coffee at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- History of Old Jacksonville, Georgia
- John E. Coffee at Find a Grave
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district
March 4, 1833 – September 25, 1836
William Crosby Dawson
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