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The Pioneer Poet Lawyer

The Pioneer Poet Lawyer.              305





BY N. B. C. LOVE, D. D.

A volume lies before me, the property of the Way Library,

Perrysburg, Ohio. It is called



It is a tale of the northwest wilderness of 1794. Wayne's March

and battles are a prominent feature, with possible incidents con-

nected therewith, both of fact and fiction.

The author was Andrew Coffinberry. Wright and Leg

were the publishers, Columbus, Ohio, 1842. I do not know

how large the edition, or the price, or popularity of the book. I

have knowledge of but two copies. I saw the author in Sidney,

Ohio, when I was a boy, in 1856, when he was 68 years old.

He came there horseback, dressed in Colonial style, excepting

the short knee breeches. He had a fine horse and his old style

and somewhat stately appearance attracted attention as he rode

through the streets.

Mr. Coffinberry was born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County,

Virginia, August 20, 1788. His parents were German. They

moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1806, and to Lancaster, Ohio, 1807,

where he studied law, and to Perrysburg in 1836, when he acted

as the legal adviser of Governor Lucas in the "Michigan and

Ohio Boundary War."

Here, this year he was associated with Leonard B. Gurley,

the pioneer poet preacher, who was presiding elder of the Mau-

mee District, Michigan Conference.

As a lawyer Mr. Coffinberry ranked with his coadjutors,

such as Thomas Ewing, C. H. Sherman, William and Henry

Stanbery, G. B. Way, John C. Spink, H. S. Commager, M. R.

Waite and others. He had a grace and stateliness in court that

secured to him the title of "Count."

Judge James M. Coffinberry, Cleveland, Ohio, was his son,

sometime deceased. But it is not my purpose to write a memoir,

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