About Lewis Augustus Coffin, Sr.
COFFIN, Lewis Augustus
Class of 1886 Med. Born at Lisbon, N.Y.; graduated from Potsdam Normal School; graduated A.B., Union College, 1882; teacher in Ogdensburg Academy, 1882-84; graduated M.D., New York University Medical Department, 1886; Surgeon to Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital; in practice in New York since 1886.
LEWIS AUGUSTUS COFFIN, M.D., comes on the side of his father, Julius A. Coffin, from the famous family of that name which has been identified with the Island of Nantucket since its earliest settlement. On the side of his mother, whose maiden name was Jane A. Partridge, he comes from a family notable in New England since colonial and revolutionary times. He was born at Lisbon, St. Lawrence County, New York, and received his primary and secondary education at the State Normal School at Potsdam, in the same county, entering that school in the primary department and being graduated after completing its entire course. Thence he went in the fall of 1880 to Union College, of which he entered the Sophomore class.
By virtue of diligent work he was able to complete the remaining three years of the course in two years, and thus was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the summer of 1882. For the next two years he taught mathematics and the sciences in the Ogdensburg, New York, Academy ; then for six months he taught in Trinity School, at Tivoli, New York; and for one year he taught in a private day school, and for two years in night schools in New York City.
Meantime he became a student in the Medical College of New York University, and was graduated from it with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1886. Thereafter he continued to teach for three years more in night schools while practicing his profession. He began practice immediately after graduation in 1886, and has been constantly engaged in it ever since.
He is Chief Surgeon to the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, and a member of the New York State Medical Society, the New York County Medical Society, the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, the University Club, and the Salmagundi Club/