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William M. Coates autograph album and diaries


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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William M. Coates was born on October 19, 1845, to George Morrison Coates and Anna Troth. He entered Haverford in 1859, and graduated in 1863. Following his graduation, he served as a Private in the Grey Reserves from 1863 to 1865, and as a member of the Veteran Corps, 1st Regiment, of the Pennsylvania National Guard. After the war, he married Anne Morris Lloyd on September 30, 1869, and had five children between 1870 and 1890. Occupationally, he worked as a bookkeeper, President of the Philadelphia Board of Trade, President of the Apprentices Library Company, trustee of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, and director of the American Security and Trust Company in Washington. He was also a member of many clubs including the University Club in Philadelphia, the Rittenhouse Club, the Union League, Art Club, Metropolitan Club, University Club. Amidst his work, family, and social organizations, he also served as the Vice President of the Haverford Alumni Association in 1891. William Coates died on May 25, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 92.

Volumes include decriptions of William M. Coates's time at and after Haverford College from 1860 to 1863.

Materials are arranged chronological order.

The William M. Coates autograph album was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1937 by Mrs. Anne Morris Coates (née Lloyd).

Processed by David Canada; completed February, 2018.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
David Canada
Finding Aid Date
February, 2018
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

William M. Coates diary, 1860 .
Volume 1
William M. Coates diary, 1861.
Volume 2
William M. Coates diary, 1862.
Volume 3
William M. Coates diary, 1863.
Volume 4
William M. Coates autograph album, 1861-1863 .
Volume 5

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