Witter Foster Coggins

26 June 1894–5 May 1974 (Age 79)
Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States

The Life of Witter Foster

When Witter Foster Coggins was born on 26 June 1894, in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States, his father, Harry L Coggins, was 21 and his mother, Ruby Estelle Scoggins, was 18. He married Edna Childress on 3 February 1917, in Madison, Alabama, United States. He lived in Center Hill, Fulton, Georgia, United States in 1930. He died on 5 May 1974, in Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, United States, at the age of 79.

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Witter Foster Coggins
Edna Childress
Marriage: 3 February 1917

Spouse and Children

3 February 1917
Madison, Alabama, United States

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · Florida Involvement in Spanish-American War

Age 4

Florida played a critical role during the Spanish-American War. The port of Tampa saw the arrival of over 30,000 troops; this traffic resulted in the small town experiencing massive growth and becoming a city. Cuban-Americans across the state also helped with raising money and support for the war.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 22

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cogadháin ( see Coogan ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Witts F Coggins in household of Alexand T Scoggin, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Foster Coggins in household of Harry Coggins, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Foster W Coggins in household of Harry L Coggins, "United States Census, 1910"

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