More about the historical characters mentioned in the movie “Lincoln” by Steven Spielberg (Part 7) “Alexander Hamilton Coffroth”

I have written a lot about Abraham Lincoln in the past as you can tell from the “related posts” noted below. Most of my posts were concerning the movie “The Conspirator” which is one of my favorite movies.  I enjoyed reading about all the historical people involved with Lincoln. Boston Corbett is the man who shot Booth. Louis Weichmann was originally a suspect but he later became one of the chief witnesses for the prosecution.  John Wilkes Booth was the first man to kill an American President. Louis Powell attempted to kill Secretary of State Seward.  Mary Surratt was in the center of the conspiracy we are told, but is that true? (I believe the evidence shows that it was true that she was guilty of that.)

Alexander Hamilton Coffroth

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Alexander Hamilton Coffroth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania‘s 17th district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded by Jacob M. Campbell
Succeeded by Jacob M. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania‘s 16th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1866
Preceded by Joseph Bailey
Succeeded by William H. Koontz
Personal details
Born (1828-05-18)May 18, 1828
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Died September 2, 1906(1906-09-02) (aged 78)
Political party Democratic

Alexander Hamilton Coffroth (May 18, 1828 – September 2, 1906) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Alexander H. Coffroth was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools and Somerset Academy. He published a Democratic paper in Somerset for five years. He studied law in the law office of Hon. Jeremiah S. Black, was admitted to the bar in February 1851 at Somerset, where he practiced his profession. He was a delegate to several Democratic State conventions, as well as a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Conventions which assembled in Charleston, South Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland. He served as an assessor of internal revenue in 1867, and was a delegate to the 1872 Democratic National Convention.

Coffroth was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress. During his term in the Thirty-eighth Congress, he supported the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, along with some other Democrats, such as Archibald McAllister. He claimed reelection to the Thirty-ninth Congress, was seated on February 19, 1866, and served until July 18, 1866, when he was succeeded by William H. Koontz, who contested the election. He was again elected to the Forty-sixth Congress. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Invalid Pensions during the Forty-sixth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1880. He resumed the practice of law in Somerset and died in Markleton, Pennsylvania, in 1906. Interment in Union Cemetery in Somerset.

Coffroth was the last surviving pallbearer who had served at the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Bailey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district

1863–1866
Succeeded by
William H. Koontz
Preceded by
Jacob M. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district

1879–1881
Succeeded by
Jacob M. Campbell
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