George Coe (Michigan politician)

George Coe (Michigan politician)

George Alonzo Coe (August 16, 1811 – October 21, 1869) was a politician from the U. S. state of Michigan.


Coe was born in Rush, New York and moved to Illinois at a young age. He was raised on his father’s farm until the age of fourteen and then attended school until of age. He studied law with Judge Pratt at Rochester, New York and began practice in Coldwater, Michigan in 1839.

Coe was elected as a Whig to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1840 and to the Michigan Senate from the 4th District in 1846 and the 3rd District in 1847. In 1854, he was elected as the first Republican to serve as the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. He served from 1855 to 1859 under Michigan Governor Kinsley Bingham. He was also a delegate to the 1856 Republican National Convention from Michigan, which nominated John C. Fremont for U. S. President, yet lost to James Buchanan in the general election.

Coe died ten years after leaving office at the age of fifty-eight.


Political offices
Preceded by
George Griswold
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Edmund B. Fairfield

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