"William O. Coffee, M.D. of Columbia [Maury Co.], was born in Ballard County, Ky., in 1859, and after the usual common school training he obtained his literary and medical education in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from the Missouri Medical College of that city in 1880. He first began practicing in the blue-grass State, and later in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, and in May, 1885, came to Tennessee. William Coffee [sic] was known, and his grandfather, Nathan Coffee, had been a well-known and prosperous business man. William O. has acquired a good practice in the short time he has been in Columbia. He is a member of the Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and King's County (N.Y.), Medical Societies, and was one time a member of the American Medical Association. he is a Democrat in politics and a member of the K. of H. fraternity."
Source: Southern Historical Press, Inc., History of Tennessee Illustrated (Nashville, TN: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.,)