John S. Coply
J. S. COPLY is prominently identified with the mercantile interests of Nome. At the municipal election in April, 1904, he was selected by the people to fill a position in the Nome Council, a trust which he discharged with such integrity and ability that he was elected as mayor of Nome in 1905. Mr. Coply was born May 3, 1863, in West Salem, Ohio. He is of English ancestry, and a descendant of John Singleton Coply, at one time Chief Baron of the Exchequer and Lord Chancellor of Great Britain. Mr. Coply 's father was a merchant who went to Southern Michigan
during the boyhood days of the subject of this sketch. In 1877 he removed to Eastern Washington.
John S. Coply was educated in the public schools of Washington, and the Portland Business College, and was graduated from the latter institution. His work has been in the mercantile and shipping lines. In 1892 he went to San Francisco where he engaged in the shipping business. He came to Alaska in
September, 1899, and has made Nome his headquarters ever since. He has seen Nome in
nearly all of its phases of growth and development.
April 8, 1900, he and Miss Minnie H. Harrington of Oregon City, were married. They have one child a daughter, Lois H., four years of age. Mr. Coply
possesses all the qualifications of a successful business man. He has many friends in the
Nome country by whom he is highly esteemed.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S.
Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.