H. P. Coats was village clerk from 1895 to 1897.
In A History of the Adirondacks, published in 1921, Alfred L. Donaldson . . . produced what he termed a "bird's-eye view of the place [Saranac Lake] in 1920": "It has several lawyers among whom the Hon. H.P. Coats has twice been elected to the Senate..." 1
1. Donaldson, Alfred L. A History of the Adirondacks, New York: The Century Co., 1921, p. 235. (reprinted by Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, NY, 1992)