Biography of J. Lamar Coleman
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





J. LAMAR COLEMAN, Coroner of Clark County, Springfield; was born in Westchester Co., N. Y., in 1836; his father being an invalid, he sustained himself from the age of 9 years; when 13 years of age, he became connected with a minstrel troupe, now known as the "San Francisco Troupe," with which he remained three years, then went to Chicago to learn the hardware business; remained in Chicago until 1858, when he came to Springfield and opened a grocery and commission house, which he operated about six years. In August, 1865, he bought the interest of the younger Coles of the firm of Coles & Bro., undertakers, and has since been engaged in undertaking. In 1861, he was appointed Deputy United States Marshal, and served in that capacity until 186'7, when he resigned on account of differing with Johnson's policy; in 1876, he was elected Coroner of Clark County, and reelected in 1878. He married, in 1860, Miss Virginia Hotsenpiller, by whom he had three children; she having deceased, he married Amanda Hamuett, of St. Louis. Mr. Coleman is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a past officer of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Council, and Past Captain of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Ohio.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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