Coffee, John Main, 1897-

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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.

From the description of John Coffee Papers, 1940-1952. (University of Puget Sound Library). WorldCat record id: 746570236

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.

From the guide to the John Coffee Papers, Approximately 1940 to 1952, (University of Puget Sound Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Coffee, Joshua. Deed, 1810 December 7, Buckingham and Prince Edward counties, Virginia, to John Sears. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Mark M. Litchman papers, 1901-1965 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. Booth Tarkington papers [manuscript], 1900-1945. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf John Coffee Papers, Approximately 1940 to 1952 University of Puget Sound Archives
creatorOf Coffee, John Main, 1897-. John Coffee Papers, 1940-1952. University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Hugh B. (Hugh Burnton), 1907-1996. Hugh Burnton Mitchell papers 1940-1967 (bulk 1940-1953). University of Washington. Libraries
referencedIn Robert E. Burke collection, 1892-1994 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845. Andrew Jackson collection, 1813-1970. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Burke, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1921-1998 person
associatedWith Coffee, Joshua. person
associatedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845. person
associatedWith Litchman, Mark,  1925- person
associatedWith Mitchell, Hugh B. (Hugh Burnton), 1907-1996. person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. person
associatedWith University of Puget Sound. Archives. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (State)
Washington (State)
United States
Political campaigns


Birth 1897-01-23

Death 1983-06-02



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