John M. Coghlan

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John M. Coghlan

John Maxwell Coghlan (December 8, 1835 – March 26, 1879) was a California Republican politician.

Coghlan was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved with his parents to Illinois in 1847, and again in 1850 to California during the California Gold Rush, where they settled in Suisun City.

Coghlan studied law and was admitted to the bar and practiced in Suisun City. He was a member of the California State Assembly from 1865 to 1867, representing Napa and Lake counties. He was elected as a Republican to the 42nd Congress (1871–1873), but lost his bid for reelection in 1872.

He was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California from 1876 to 1878. He practiced law in Oakland, California until his death in 1879. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

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Political offices
Preceded by
W. B. H. Dodson
California State Assemblyman, 18th District
(Napa/Lake County seat)

Succeeded by
John C. Crigler
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James A. Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
John K. Luttrell