Biography of H. G. Coats
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies

H. G. COATES, a leading citizen of New Castle, a prominent merchant, and the alderman representing the Seventh Ward, was born in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, in 1861, and is a son of Jerome B. Coates.

Jerome B. Coates, father of H. G., was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and came to Lawrence County when a young man and settled in Edenburg. By trade he was a cooper, but he later went into the limestone business and opened up the first limestone quarry in the Mahoning Valley. He took an active part in the public affairs of his community, but sought no political office. He voted with the Republican party.

H. G. Coates was educated in the schools of Edenburg and was little more than a school boy when he became attached to the engineer corps That was engaged in surveying for the old P. & C. Railroad through this section, and he was foreman of the construction crew that worked between New Castle and Hazelton. Later he went to work in the freight department of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and still later was expressman and baggage master, and continued with the road in some capacity for seventeen years. When the new tinmill was built at New Castle he became an employe, and remained there for three years, after which he embarked in a news, tobacco and cigar business. In 1905 he discontiued his news line and enlarged his cigar and tobacco trade, adding also confectionery, and in addition started a coal and draying business. His enterprise as a business man has long been recognized and he stands very high commercially.

In November, 1907, Mr. Coates was appointed alderman for the remainder of the year by the Governor of Pennsylvania, to fill out the unexpired term of the late G. B. McClain and in the spring election of 1908 he was regularly elected to the office for the full term, which will May, 1913. He has been an active politician for many years and an ardent Republican.

In 1886, Mr. Coates was married to Miss Minnie A. Smith and they have five children, namely: James W., who is his father's assistant in business; Clara Bessie, who is a stenographer, and Hiram H., Clarence H. and W. Grace. Mr. and Mrs. Coates and the four older children are all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Coates belongs to the Knights of Pythias and to the Modern Woodmen.

20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908

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