The following was submitted by Elizabeth Gleason, granddaughter of the artist:
Merrill Coffin was born November 4th, 1924 in the city of Jamestown, New York to George and Lillian Anderson Coffin. With no formal artistic education after high school, his talent came to him naturally.
In 3rd grade a pencil sketch of his about Washington crossing the Delaware was hung in the principals office for the full year. He began art courses in Jr High. During his high school years he helped on the Art Staff for the Annual. With his natural ability and what he learned in that 9th grade course he started that summer working at Aburg sign. After this experience he majored in art through high school and graduated
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