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COFFIN, Joshua, antiquary, born in Newbury, Massachusetts, 12 October, 1792; died there, 24 June. 1864. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1817, and taught for many years, numbering among his pupils the poet Whittier, who addressed to him a poem entitled "To My Old School-Master." Mr. Coffin was ardent in the cause of emancipation, and was one of the founders of the New England anti-slavery society in 1832, being its first recording secretary. He published " The History of Ancient Newbury" (Boston, 1845), genealogies of the Woodman, Little, and Toppan families, and magazine articles.
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