Miami Union

May 18, 1911 

COLEMAN, DR. HORACE - Dr. Horace Coleman, formerly a resident of Troy and father of Dr. Warren Coleman, died at his home in Washington, D. C. last Friday night death being due to anemia of the brain.  He was past 86 years of age.  He leaves four children--Edward, who travels for an Illinois concern, Warren of Troy and Jessie and Mrs. Dr. McKemy who have been living in Washington, D. C.  The funeral was held at the late home, Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock.  Rev. J. Henning Nelms, rector of the Episcopal church of the Ascension, officiated.  Interment was made at Arlington National cemetery.  Dr. Coleman was born on a farm near Troy, Dec. 27, 1824, and was a son of Dr. and Mrs. Asa Coleman.  Horace was educated in the local schools, at Kenyon college and at the Ohio Mexican college at Cincinnati.  He also studied at home.  After graduation he practiced medicine here, but in 1850 went to Logansport, Ind.   On the breaking out of war he was commissioned a surgeon, serving with Indiana and Ohio troops, winding up with the 147th O. V. I.  The war over, he was made military surgeon for Miami county, then became examining surgeon in the pension department then a qualified surgeon in the same department.  He had a very distinguished professional and military career.  He also gained much distinction in Masonic circles, attaining the highest degrees.  Politically Dr. Coleman was a Republican joining that party in its infancy and serving it and being honored by it in various capacities in city, county and state.  He was a delegate to the national convention in 1868 which met at Chicago and nominated Grant and Colfax.  He served as city councilman of Troy and was chairman of the committee which purchased Riverside cemetery.  He was also a member of the board of education.  His business connections included membership on the directorate of the First National bank.  He was a member of the Episcopal church in Troy and a live member of the American Bible society.  Several years ago he was appointed examining surgeon in the pension department at Washington, D. C., and went there and resided there until his death although often revisiting Troy where his friends were legion.


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