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
Malone Palladium, April 12, 1906
The firm of Walton & Tousley dealers in hardware and builders’ supplies, and which has an extensive place of business on Main street, has been incorporated with the secretary of State with a capitalization of $30,000. The directors are H. H. Tousley, Wm. A. Walton and H. P. Coats —Saranac Lake Enterprise.
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)