Reverend Harvey Coe (1785-1860) came to the Western Reserve in 1813 as part of the Connecticut Missionary Society. Coe was the first elected trustee of Western Reserve College. Like other college trustees, Coe was a colonization advocate in the abolition/colonization controversy. In 1832, Coe served as the secretary of the Board and likely authored many of the unsigned rebuttals to Professor Elizur Wright's letters on abolition published in The Observer and Telegraph.
Hudsonite and abolitionist Lora Case said that Coe objected to Philo Wright courting his daughter Electra (1815-1889) because of Wright's abolitionist views. According to Lora Case, "young Wright did remain loyal to his convictions and married the minister's daughter notwithstanding."