Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In Honor of Leslie Coffelt
who gave his life in defense of
the President of the United States
here at the Blair House, November 1, 1950
"For loyalty, bravery and heroism
beyond the call of duty."
Presented by National Sojourners
in commemoration of his sacrifice.
Dedicated May 21, 1952, by President Harry S Truman
Erected 1952 by National Sojourners.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list.
Location. 38° 53.934′ N, 77° 2.315′ W. Marker is in Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and Jackson Place Northwest, on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Located in front of the Blair-Lee House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1653 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francis Preston Blair (here, next to this marker); The Blair HouseThe Blair House (here, next to this marker); The Entrance Gardens (here, next to this marker); The Lee House (a few steps from this marker); First Home of the Reserve Officers Association (a few steps from this marker); Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Also see . . .
1. The Blair House. The Blair House is the official state guest house of the U.S. President. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Assassination Attempt on President Truman. On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican activists attempted to assassinate President Truman, who was staying at the Blair House during White House renovations. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Leslie Coffelt: White House police officer, killed in defense of President Truman on Nov. 1, 1950. WWII U.S. Army veteran: Private, Company "B" 300th (Submitted on May 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Leslie William "Les" Coffelt: White House policeman, U.S. Secret Service. ... biography of Coffelt and photo in his uniform as a White House policeman, U.S. Secret Service. (Submitted on May 20, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Law enforcement officer; killed in action; Freemason.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,308 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on May 21, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.