Trenmor Coffin Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains correspondence, legal cases and papers connected with Coffin's political activity in Nevada (1892-1898) as a member of the Republican State Central committee and the Silver Ticket. The correspondence relates to cases in which Coffin or his legal firm participated to his business interests in irrigation enterprises, and to the personal affairs of Coffin and his family.
- Coffin, Trenmor, 1848-1904 (Creator, Person)
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Trenmor Coffin was born in Hadley, Indiana on August 22, 1848 to Addison and Emily Hadley Coffin. He was raised on a farm in Indiana and was educated in public schools. He graduated from the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio. Soon after graduating from the University, he began his teaching career in Ohio, which he continued upon arrival his 1871 arrival in Nevada. It was in October of 1874 that he was admitted to the Nevada State Bar.
Over the years, Coffin held many important offices, beginning in 1876 when he was elected to the position of District Attorney for Ormsby (now Carson) County. Although he was a Republican for over 20 years, Coffin was an avid supporter of the Free Silver ticket, which he supported in 1896. He also held the position of Ormsby County treasurer for two terms; member of the State Legislature for two terms beginning in 1880; Speaker of the House for one of his two terms in the Legislature; and the U. S. District Attorney for Nevada during the administration of President Chester A. Arthur, 1881-1884. In 1889, Coffin was also appointed as a regent for the University of Nevada, and served through the following year.
On June 4, 1885, Coffin married 18 year old Marie Louise Benoit. A native of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, Marie was living in Berkley, California when she married Coffin. Together they had two children, Emily Lee Coffin Ross, born February 12, 1888, and Trenmor Coffin, Jr., born November 4, 1886 (he died in Reno on February 16, 1913).
As a businessman, Coffin held interest in many companies including the Inyo Land and Canal Company and the Reward Gold Mine. The Inyo Land and Canal Company was a large canal being constructed in Inyo County, California that irrigated 20,000 acres of land. The canal was 44 miles in length.
Trenmor Coffin, Sr. died in 1904.
[Much of the above information on Trenmor Coffin was taken from: Scrugham, James G. Nevada: A Narrative of the Conquest of a Frontier Land. Chicago: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935.]
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Language of Materials
Trenmor Coffin was a lawyer, businessman, and Nevada State Assemblyman, of Carson City, Nevada. Collection contains correspondence, legal cases, and papers connected with Coffin's political activity in Nevada (1892-1898) as a member of the Republican State Central Committee and supporter of the Free Silver ticket. The correspondence relates to cases in which Coffin or his legal firm participated, to his business interests in irrigation enterprises, and to the personal affairs of Coffin and his family. Materials between 1864-1927.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Legal Cases and Correspondence; 2) Business Correspondence and Agreements; 3) Personal Correspondence; 4) Political Activity; 5) Miscellaneous
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Silas E. Ross, Jr. and Emily Ross Baxter, grandchildren of Trenmor Coffin, in 1965.
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