John Coffee Papers, Approximately 1940 to 1952  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Coffee, John Main, 1897-
John Coffee Papers
Approximately 1940 to 1952 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (1 box and 4 scrapbooks)
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Tacoma resident John Main Coffee (1897-1983) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Washington State, 1937-1946. The collection contains papers, correspondence, speeches, photographs, campaign literature, clippings, press releases and scrapbooks.
University of Puget Sound, Archives & Special Collections
University of Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections
Collins Memorial Library
1500 N. Warner St.
Tacoma, WA
Telephone: 253-879-2669
Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research.

Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Main Coffee (January 23, 1897-June 2, 1983) was a U.S. Representative from Washington State, 6th District, 1937-1946.

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Coffee attended public schools. He attended University of Washington (in Seattle), earning an A.B. and LL.B., 1920; and Yale University, J.D., 1921. He was admitted to the bar in 1922 and commenced practice in Tacoma. Coffee served as Secretary to United States Senator C.C. Dill in 1923 and 1924; Secretary of the advisory board of the National Recovery Administration, 1933-1935; appraiser and examiner of Pierce County for the Washington State Inheritance Tax and Escheat Division, 1933-1936; and civil service commissioner for Tacoma, Washington, in 1936.

Coffee was a Democrat elected to the Seventy-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1947). He was a practicing attorney in Tacoma and Seattle, Washington. He was a resident of Tacoma until his death in June 1983.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Contains Coffee's remarks in the U.S. House of Representatives (from the Congressional Record) from 1940-1945; also his correspondence, radio speeches, photos, campaign literature, newspaper clippings, and press releases from 1946 to the early 1950s. The four scrapbooks contain mainly newspaper articles about his activities and speeches from 1936 to 1945.

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Subject Terms

  • Legislators--United States
  • Politicians--Washington (State)

Geographical Names

  • Washington (State)