Alexander Hamilton Coffroth

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Alexander Hamilton Coffroth
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byJacob M. Campbell
Succeeded byJacob M. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – July 18, 1866
Preceded byJoseph Bailey
Succeeded byWilliam H. Koontz
Personal details
Born(1828-05-18)May 18, 1828
Somerset, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 2, 1906(1906-09-02) (aged 78)
Markleton, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic

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

Life and career[edit]

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, and 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, 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. He was interred in Union Cemetery in Somerset.

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

During Coffroth's tenure as its Representative, Pennsylvania's 16th district took in Adams County, which includes Gettysburg, site in 1863 of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address.

Fictional portrayals[edit]

In the 2012 film Lincoln, Coffroth is portrayed by Boris McGiver.[1]


  1. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (2011). "Spielberg's 'Lincoln' casts every other good actor under the sun". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2012-11-28.


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

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

Succeeded by
Jacob M. Campbell