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William Sloane Coffin

William Sloane CoffinAKA William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

Born: 1-Jun-1924
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 12-Apr-2006
Location of death: Strafford, VT
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Civilly disobedient chaplain

Military service: US Army (intelligence unit, WWII)

Nephew of Henry Sloane Coffin.

[1] Ordained a Presbyterian minister, 1956.

Father: William Sloane Coffin, Sr. (President of the Met, d. 1933)
Mother: Catherine Butterfield
Brother: Edmund Coffin
Wife: Eva Rubinstein (dau. of
Artur Rubinstein, m. 1956, div. 1968, two sons, one daughter)
Son: Alexander (d. 1983 automobile accident)
Daughter: Amy
Son: David
Wife: Harriet Gibney (m. 1969, div. 1976)
Wife: Virginia Randolph Coffin (until his death)

    High School: Deerfield Academy (1938-39)
    High School: Phillips Academy Andover (1942)
    University: Yale University (1949)
    Theological: Union Theological Seminary (1949-50)
    Theological: BDiv, Yale Divinity School (1956)
    Administrator: Chaplain, Williams College
    Administrator: Chaplain, Yale University (1958-75)

    CIA employee (1950-53, in West Germany)
    Peace Action President Emeritus
    Peace Corps Organizer
    Skull and Bones Society
    Ordained 1956 (Presbyterian)
    Conspiracy 5-Jan-1968 ("counsel, aid and abet draft resistance", overturned 1970)
    Assisted by the ACLU 1968

Is the subject of books:
William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience, 2004, BY: Warren Goldstein

Author of books:
Once to Every Man: A Memoir (1977, memoir)
The Heart Is a Little to the Left: Essays on Public Morality (1999, essays)

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