EDWARD M. COFFEY
Edward M. Coffey, who is now chief clerk of the department of health of the city and county of San Francisco, has
been associated with this section of the city administration more than thirty years, and has been one of the most
efficient members of the department personnel during this period of its greatest growth.
Mr. Coffey was born in San Francisco, November 29, 1868, and is a son of the late Patrick and Margaret (O'Connor)
Coffey. Patrick Coffey was born in Ireland, and was brought to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by his parents when
he was two years old. In 1852, the family came to San Francisco, and in this city he later followed his trade of
boiler maker until his death in 1877. His wife, who was born in Philadelphia in 1849, came to California as a child,
and here in later years married Mr. Coffey. She died in 1927, when she was in her seventy eighth year. They were
the parents of a large family, of whom two survive.
Edward M. Coffey received his education in the grammar schools and evening classes. After putting aside his text
books he was for a time in the employ of R. G. Dun & Company, following which he was in the service of the
Market Street Railroad Company. In 1900, he became affiliated with the city and county health department as an
inspector, and for his services in this capacity he received the sum of seventy five dollars per month. He fulfilled
his duties with his customary intelligence and energy, and in 1904 was appointed statistician. In 1908, he was
chosen for his present position as chief clerk. His work has brought him a wide acquaintanceship in San Francisco,
and he is popular wherever he is known. He has a thorough knowledge of the health problems encountered by a large
civic community, and he has a most comprehensive understanding of the official methods of caring for these affairs.
In 1896, Mr. Coffey was married to Miss Fernanda Wilson, who was born in Chicago, Illinois. To their union two
sons have been born, both of whom have attained success in their fields of endeavor. Stanley E. Coffey, the elder,
is now a physician in Orland, California, and Marshall C. Coffey, the younger, is professor of Spanish in the University
Mr. Coffey has given his political support to the democratic party. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks and Pacific Parlor, No. 10, of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He has always found his greatest
diversion in swimming, and he excels in aquatic sports of various kinds.
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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