Biography of Daniel W. Coggeshall

For the last decade, ever since his graduation from college, Mr. Coggeshall has been the local representative in his native city, Bristol, of one of the leading investment banking houses of Boston. In this capacity he has become favorably known in business and financial circles and today he is regarded as one of the representative and successful of the younger generation of Bristol’s business men. A veteran of the World War, he has since his return to civilian life, been prominently active in politics, and he has served several terms in the Rhode Island Senate of which he is still a member. In other directions, too, he takes an active part in the life of the community and enjoys to an unusual degree the liking, respect, and confidence of his fellow-townsmen.

Daniel W. Coggeshall was born in Bristol, February 20, 1895, a son of Daniel G. and Elizabeth (Canfield) Coggeshall. His father, likewise a native of Bristol, has been for many years a successful and prominent merchant in this city. He, too, is active in politics. At one time he served for nine years as postmaster of Bristol, and is now president of the Bristol Board of Tax Assessors. He has been for many years a member of the United Brothers Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a Past Grand of this organization. Mr. Coggeshall’s mother was born at York Centre, New York. Daniel W. Coggeshall received his early education in the public grammar and high schools of Bristol and then attended Brown University, Providence, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy, in 1919. Immediately afterwards he became associated with the firm of Moore & Cabot, well known investment and security brokers, with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, and with an office in Bristol on Constitution Street. Mr. Coggeshall was still attending college, when in April, 1917, he enlisted in the United States Army for service in the World War, having been assigned to Company A, 101st Engineers; he later served overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces, in France, for two years. He received his honorable discharge from military service in May, 1919, with the rank of private, first class.

He is a member of Kearney Post, American Legion; and he is chairman of the World War Memorial Committee of Bristol; he is also a member of the United Brothers Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, of Rhode Island. After his return to his native city from the war and from college, Mr. Coggeshall immediately began to take an active part in politics. He is a supporter of the Democratic party, and served in the Rhode Island State Senate in 1920, 1922, and 1924, and he was again elected in 1928. His religious affiliation is with the Congregational Church. He is fond of outdoor sports and is especially interested in baseball, though the major share of his leisure time is given to politics.

Mr. Coggeshall is not married. He makes his home with his parents.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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