Coddington, Eli H
Coddington, Eli H.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Champaign County, Illinois, July 1, 1837. He removed with his parents to Henry County, Iowa, in his boyhood; was converted in his nineteenth year; soon after entered the Iowa Wesleyan University, and in 1861 enlisted in the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry. He lost his left arm at the battle of Fort Donelson; was discharged, and on returning home re-entered college, but soon rejoined the army as captain of Company H, Forty-fifth Iowa Infantry. After serving his full term he again resumed his college course; graduated with credit in June 1866; was admitted into the Iowa Conference in the following September, and in 1873 closed his effective services and entered upon the superannuated relation, which he sustained to the close of his life, July 30, 1877. Mr. Coddington was intensely patriotic, studious, and devout. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1877, page 85.