Biography of James W. Coffey
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Coffey, James W., was born in Troy, N. Y., June 19, 1853. His father, Michael Coffey, came from Ireland in 1850, and died February 3, 1888. His mother, Sarah (Welch) Coffey, is still living. He received a common school education and entered St. Mary's Academy. In 1865 he went into the law office of Runkle & Flagg, afterwards going in with Neher & Calder as bookkeeper. He then entered the office of Flagg & Neary and continued with them until the death of Mr. Flagg, which occurred in 1874, remaining with Mr. Neary until his death, which occurred February, 1886, since which time he has practiced alone. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 previous. He was the mayor's private secretary from 1882 to 1889. He was appointed assistant police magistrate in June, 1889. In 1890 he was made comptroller andreappointed in 1893 and is the present incumbent. He belongs to the Alumni of La Salle Institute. He is a member of the Contracting Board, Board of Local Assessors, Board of Health, Board of Estimate and Apportionment, and one of the commissioners of the funded debts of the city. He is a member of the Robert Emmet Association and of the Knights of Columbus. He married Nora A. Hartigan june 22, 1875, who died February 13, 1896. She was the daughter of Maurice Hartigan, who was alderman and supervisor of the Eighth ward. He has two children living, James Vincent and Sarah Louise, and has lost two by death, Michael Joseph and Helen Gertrude Coffey.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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