Name: John William Coe
Birth: 20 MAY 1840 in Totowa,Passaic County,NJ USA
Death: 17 JAN 1890 in Bedford-Stuyvesant,Kings County,NY USA
Burial: Cypress Hill Cemetery,Brooklyn,NY USA
JOHN WILLIAM8 COE (John W.7, John W.6, William Samuel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, John2, Robert1) was born in the city of New York on May 26, 1839. He received a good common school education, and then turned his attention to mercantile pursuits. In the 1870s he was engaged in business as a carriage manufacturer. He was married first June 20, 1858, to Eliza A. Ramapo, and again Feb. 11, 1860, to Elizabeth A. Jackson. He was the father of four children by his second marriage.
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For many years Mr. Coe was prominent in the public affairs of Brooklyn. Under his direction many public improvements were carried out, among them Newtown Creek, Jamaica Turnpike, and Eastern Parkway. He was the chief factor in securing the charter for the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. He was a man of ability and energy, and was highly esteemed for his integrity and public spirit.
He took a deep interest in politics, and held some prominent public positions. He was for many years an active Republican, and, in 1872, embraced the Cincinnati movement, so called. He was a delegate to the convention that laid down the Liberal platform and nominated Horace Greeley for President. In his own county of Kings, he long enjoyed a high degree of political prosperity. In 1870 he was elected a member of the Board of Supervisors, and proved such a popular representative, that, in 1872, the Liberal Republicans returned him to the Board from a strong Republican district. His second term as Supervisor was signalized by a most stubborn contest for the Chairmanship of the Board. After a five month campaign, Mr. Coe was elected to that office.
In the fall of 1873 Liberal Republicans placed him in nomination for Senator. The action of the convention was endorsed by the Democracy, and the result was his election over Hon. John O. Perry, who was chosen to the Senate by a majority of 1,968. Mr. Coe's majority was 1,414.
Mr. Coe's political position in the Senate was a particularly independent one. He was nominated by a distinctively Liberal Republican convention, and afterward was endorsed by the Democrats. He made no pledges whatever to the latter, and, in refusing to do so, told them that they had simply to choose between him and his Republican opponent. As a consequence, party ties sat very loosely upon him, and he was left free to follow an unbiased judgment in considering all questions brought before the Senate.
He came to the Legislature with the reputation of having materially assisted in unearthing the labyrinth of frauds in the jail of Kings County, through which the public was swindled out of thousands of dollars annually. He signalized his entrance into the Senate by casting his vote in favor of awarding the contested seat of the tenth district to Edward M. Madden. His speech, in explanation of his action, proved him to be a clear and cogent speaker.
Senator Coe was a member of the Committees on Cities and Public Health. He was followed in the senate by John R. Kennaday.
He died Jan. 17, 1890, in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. Mr. Coe's notoriety was superseded by that of his son John Herbert Coe of New York City, New Jersey and San Francisco.
Ex-Senator John W. Coe is dead. About a month ago he complained to his family of severe pains about the heart and a physician that was summoned announced that Mr. Coe was suffering from pleurisy. The ex-legislator recovered sufficiently, however, to attend to his business until two weeks ago, when he was again compelled to take to his bed. He sank rapidly and died last evening at his home, 439 Hancock street, of a complication of kidney and heart and lung troubles.
Ex-Senator Coe was born in Totowa, NJ, fifty-one years ago. He has been a resident of Brooklyn for over thirty years, and twenty-two years ago started in the carriage manufacturing business, at the corner of Bedford and Flushing avenues, with a gentleman named Merritt. The latter withdrew from the partnership a few years ago and the firm name was changed to Coe & Son. At that time Mr. Coe resided in the Thirteenth Ward and was one of the leaders of the Republican Party.
In the Fall of 1870 he was elected a member of the Board of Supervisors of Kings County. He only served one term and during his incumbency was chairman of the Board. When his term in the Board of Supervisors expired Mr. Coe joined the Liberal movement.
In the Fall of 1874 he was a candidate for State Senator on that ticket, and although elected as a Democrat, was always regarded as an Independent Republican. His opponent at that time was John C. Perry, Republican, who was a member of the preceding Senate.
Mr. Coe was elected over Mr. Perry by a majority of 1,414 and his Kings County colleague was Senator John C. Jacobs. At that time there were only two Senatorial districts in Kings County. When his term as Senator expired, Mr. Coe retired from active political life, although he still took an interest in Thirteenth Ward politics.
Not long ago he removed to his present handsome residence on Hancock Street.
Mr. Coe leaves a widow and four grown up children - three daughters and one son. Funeral services will be held on Monday evening at his late residence, and the interment will take place on Tuesday morning in the family plot in Cypress Hills Cemetery.
William Henry McElroy and Alexander McBride, "Life Sketches of Government Officers and Members of the Legislature of the State of New York for 1875" (Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company, 1875); J. Gardner Bartlett, "Robert Coe, Puritan, His Ancestors and Descendants, 1340-1910" (Boston, 1911); The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Jan. 18, 1890.
Father: John W. Coe b: 1814 in Ramapo,Rockland County,NY USA
Mother: Katherine Hopper
Eliza S. Ramapo
20 JUN 1858
in Paterson,Passaic County,NJ USA
Elizabeth A. Jackson b: JAN 1837 in NY USA
11 FEB 1860
in Brooklyn,Kings County,NY USA
- Annie J. Coe b: SEP 1860 in Brooklyn,Kings County,NY USA
- Katherine L. Coe b: 8 JAN 1865 in Brooklyn,Kings County,NY USA
- John Herbert Coe b: 7 JAN 1867 in Brooklyn,Kings County,NY USA
- Florence Elizabeth Coe b: 5 DEC 1872 in Brooklyn,Kings County,NY USA