Oral history interview with Douglas E. Coe

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SR 1320

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Oral history interview with Douglas E. Coe


  • 1988-06-08 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet; 2 audiocassettes (1 hr., 46 min., 28 sec.) + transcript (41 pages)

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Douglas Evans Coe was born in Medford, Oregon, in 1928. He met Janice Muyskens in high school and they married in 1953; they later had six children. Coe attended Willamette University and graduated in 1953. While at Willamette, he met Mark Hatfield, and they bonded over their shared Christian faith. Coe became an evangelical minister and was influential in American politics. He died in 2017.

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This oral history interview with Douglas E. Coe was conducted by Clark Hansen in Arlington, Virginia, on June 8, 1988. In this interview, Coe briefly discusses his family background and early life, focusing on his high school years in Salem, Oregon, and his memories of the Hatfield family. He talks about the evolution of his Christian faith, and how that led to his friendship with Mark Hatfield. He discusses how Hatfield's faith influenced his political career. He also talks about Hatfield's marriage to Antoinette Kuzmanich; Hatfield's political role models; and Hatfield's relationships with other politicians. He closes the interview with a discussion of Hatfield's public and private lives.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and Willamette University. Use is allowed according to the following license: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Douglas E. Coe, by Clark Hansen, SR 1320, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Forms part of the Senator Mark O. Hatfield Oral History Project.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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