Stephen Coburn

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Stephen Coburn
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 5th district
In office
January 2, 1861 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byIsrael Washburn, Jr.
Succeeded byJohn H. Rice
Personal details
Born(1817-11-11)November 11, 1817
Skowhegan, Maine
DiedJuly 4, 1882(1882-07-04) (aged 64)
Resting placeSouth Cemetery in Skowhegan, Maine
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Helen Sophia Miller
RelationsAbner Coburn (brother),
ChildrenLouise Helen Coburn, Charles Miller, Susy Mary, Frances Elizabeth, Grace Maud
Alma materColby College
Harvard Law School

Stephen Coburn (November 11, 1817 – July 4, 1882) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Maine.

He was brother to Maine Governor Abner Coburn and the father of Louise Helen Coburn, the founder of Sigma Kappa Sorority and a prominent Maine writer.

Coburn was born in Bloomfield, now known as Skowhegan. He graduated from Colby College in Waterville in 1839 and after teaching at a plantation school for two years, he attended Harvard Law School and became a prominent lawyer in his native state.

He was elected to the 36th Congress in a special election on November 6, 1860 and served from January 2 to March 3, 1861. The election for the 37th Congress had actually been held in September of the previous year, so he could not be re-elected. Coburn served as a delegate from Maine to the peace convention in 1861 in Washington, D.C.

Coburn resumed his law practice, eventually becoming postmaster of Skowhegan. He died in the Kennebec River in 1882. He is interred in South Cemetery in Skowhegan.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Israel Washburn, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
John H. Rice