Henry D. Coffinberry (1841-1912)


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Henry D. Coffinberry (1841-1912)

The son of Judge James M. Coffinberry, Henry was born in Maumee, Ohio, and came to Cleveland with his family in 1855. He attended West High and served in the Navy during the American Civil War. His service in the Navy provided him with valuable experience concerning the construction and operation of ships, which he later used to his advantage in building Great Lakes ships, first as president of Globe Ship Building Company (1876-1886) and then as president of Cleveland Ship Building Company (1886-1893). Coffinberry played a major role in growing the Cleveland shipbuilding industry which, during his active years in that industry, became the largest in the United States. Under his leadership, Globe Ship Building built the first large iron and steel commercial ships on the Great Lakes. After retiring from the shipbuilding industry in 1893, he devoted himself to other capitalist endeavors. After moving from his house on Franklin Avenue in 1891, Coffinberry lived in several different places before building one of the first houses in Lakewood's Clifton Park in 1897. He and his family split their time thereafter between that house and a grand mansion at 3609 Euclid Avenue that he purchased several years later. He died in the Euclid Avenue mansion in 1912. This photo of Coffinberry was taken by George Edmondson in 1909.


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