Percival Brooks Coffin collection
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- Coffin, Percival Brooks, 1865-1935 (Person)
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Percival, while employed at the Indianapolis Cabinet Company, along with his brother Frank A. Coffin and Albert S. Reed, were charged with aiding and abetting with the president of the Indianapolis National Bank, Theodore P. Haughley to commit bank fraud between January 1, 1891 and July 26, 1893. They were convicted in June of 1894, Percival was sentenced to five years in prison. In 1895 the Supreme Court ruled that they were charged in error and the case established the presumption of innocence for a person charged with a crime (Coffin v. United States).
Percival was also a naturalist and bird watcher, and was deeply involved in the Chicago Ornithological Society of which he was a charter member as well as a member of the Wilson Ornithological Society. In 1920 Percival spoke with Indiana’s senators as well as the Governor of Indiana petitioning for the creation of a state park in the Indiana Dunes, in 1925 a park was established. Percival Brooks later purchased a farm near Richmond named “The Brooks”. He and his wife often spent up to half the year there. On October 7, 1935 Percival Coffin passed away at his farm.
2 Cubic Feet (2 cubic foot boxes)
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