Son of Rev. Charles Coffin, MD and Hepzibah Coffin
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President, Tusculum College in Green County, TN
Charles Coffin Jr. was born on 15 August 1775 in Newburyport, Massachusetts.2 He was the son of Dr. Charles Coffin and Hepzibah Carnes.2 Charles graduated at Harvard in 1793 and began to study medicine, but abandoned that profession for the ministry. In May, 1800, he went to Greenville, Tenn., and taught in the Greenville college for one year, when he returned to New England and collected funds and books for the institution. He was vice-president of Greenville college, 1803-10; president, 1810-27; and third president of East Tennessee college (University of Tennessee), 1827-32. He received the degree of D.D. from Williams college in 1808.3 Charles Coffin Jr. married Susanna Woodbridge Ayers, daughter of James Ayers Jr. and Mary Woodbridge, on 19 October 1802.1,2 Charles Coffin Jr. died on 3 June 1853 in Greenville, Tennessee, at the age of 77.3