Member Biography

Titian James Coffey 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1857       25 Republican
1858       25 Republican
1859       21 Republican


12/05/1824 - 01/11/1897

Titian James Coffey (R25) Armstrong, Clarion and Indiana Counties 1857-1859 (R21) Armstrong and Indiana Counties 1859

Early Life:

Titian James Coffey, born December 5, 1824, Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania; son of Doctor James and Margaretta McConnell Coffee; studied law, office of Judge Edward Bates; admitted, Saint Louis, Missouri bar, 1845; returned to Pennsylvania; attorney; married, Mary Kerr, children, Harry Kerr Coffey, Lilian Kerr Coffey Chew; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1857-1859, not a candidate for reelection, 1859; appointed Assistant Attorney-General of the United States, 1861-1864; appointed, Attorney General, in charge of the Government case before, Supreme Court, 1864-1866; private practice; appointed, president, Ulysses S. Grant, Secretary of Legation, Saint Petersburg, Russia 1869- resigned, 1870; traveled extensively in Europe, returned, United States, resumed work, Supreme Court, Washington, 1873; died, January 11, 1897 (aged 72), Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia; interment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 25th district, Armstrong, Clarion and Indiana Counties, 1857-1858.

Elected, Republican, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Armstrong and Indiana Counties, 1859,25 not a candidate for reelection, 1859.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Appointed, president, Ulysses S. Grant, Secretary of Legation, Saint Petersburg, Russia 1869- resigned, 1870.


First cousin, Brevet Brigadier General, Pennsylvania State Senator Henry Lloyd “Harry” White (R21) Armstrong and Indiana Counties 1862-1863 (R22) Cambria Indiana and Jefferson Counties 1866-1871 (R24) Indiana and Westmoreland Counties 1872-1874. 

Henry Lloyd White  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Judge Edward Bates, represented Missouri, United States House of Representatives, United States Attorney General, President Abraham Lincoln.


Cox, Harold "Senate Members "C"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Titian James Coffey (1824-1897) - Find a Grave Memorial

The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.) January 12, 1897, page 3.