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THE

LAFAYETTE MONTHLY.

Editors for September.-F. S. FISHER, P. C. EVANS, JOHN R. WILLIAMS.

VOL. IV.

SEPTEMBER, 1873.

NUMBER 1.

SKETCH OF PROFESSOR COFFIN.

From Sir Richard Coffin, Knight, who accompanied William the Conquerer to England in 1966, springs the genealogical tree that bears the name of Tristram Coffin, the pioneer owner of the island of Nantucket, whose American descendants have been engaged, to a large extent, in navigation. Of these, and fifth in line of descent from Tristram, is the subject of this sketch.

Prof. JAMES HENRY COFFIN, LL.D., was born in Williamsburg, Mass., on the 6th day of September, 1806. He was, therefore, sixtysix years old at the time of his decease, which occurred February 6, 1873, at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., where he had long filled the professorship of Mathematics and Astronomy. He graduated at Amherst College in 1828, and the year following established, at Greenfield, Mass., the Fellenberg Manual Labor Institution, which for eight years continued to be one of the rarely successful instances of this system in our country. He subsequently became the Principal of the Ogdensburg (N. Y.) Academy, and, in 1839,4 member of the Faculty of Williams College. In 1846 he became Professor of Mathematics in Lafayette College. In the interests of this institutión he labored

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