John J Coyle
Born in Norwegian Township, near Pottsville, November 10, 1863, son of Philip and Julia (Duffy) Coyle; educated public schools; taught school in Schuylkill and Luzerne Counties; bookkeeper; insurance business in Mahanoy City, 1888; justice of the peace, 1889; elected as a delegate to the proposed 1891 Constitutional Convention, 1891; the state House of Representatives, 1893-1894; and the state Senate, 1895-1898. He moved to Philadelphia in 1897 and became president of the American Catholic Union, the Pennsylvania Mutual Life Insurance Co., and the Bell Union Coal and Mining Company; received an apoointment from President Theodore Roosevelt as federal supervisor of the Alaskan salmon fisheries, 1902-1904; and returned to his Philadelphia business interests. In 1919, he organized and was elected president of the Phoenix Trust Co., resigning in 1922. Maintaining a strong affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church, Coyle was appointed Private Chamberlain to His Holiness by Pope XV; reappointed by Pius XI to the same position, decorated with the Cross of Church and State, “and made Knight Commander of the Order of Sir Gregory.”
He married Mary Groody of Mahanoy City in 1885.