John M. Coffee

John Main Coffee ( born January 23, 1897 in Tacoma, Washington; † June 2, 1983 ) was an American politician. Between 1936 and 1947 he represented the State of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Coffee attended the common schools and then studied until 1920 at the University of Washington in Seattle. After a subsequent law degree from Yale University and his made ​​in 1922 admitted to the bar he began in Tacoma to work in his new profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In the years 1923 and 1924 Coffee served on the staff of U.S. Senator Clarence Dill. From 1933 to 1935 he was secretary of the advisory board of the National Recovery Administration. This authority was established by the Federal Government for the purpose of overcoming the consequences of the world economic crisis. At the same time Coffee worked as a consultant for the tax authorities of the State of Washington, where he dealt primarily with the inheritance tax in Pierce County.

Coffee was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1936 he was in the sixth constituency of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the meantime deceased deputies Wesley Lloyd on January 3, 1937. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1947 five contiguous legislatures. There more New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted initially. Then the work of the U.S. House of Representatives by the events of the Second World War was marked.

In the elections of 1946, John Coffee defeated the Republican Thor Tollefson. 1950 and 1958, he competed unsuccessfully in each case in order to return to Congress. In the years after his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Coffee worked as a lawyer in Tacoma and Seattle. He died on June 2, 1983 in his hometown of Tacoma.