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Coleman was born on December 3, 1910 and attended local schools and the University of Virginia. He married Louise Nay and they had four children.
Coleman was a partner in Coleman's Jefferson Shops, which had stores in Charlottesville, Gordonsville, Louisa and Scottsville.
"Four years ago my friends and civic-minded citizens prevailed upon me to run for City Council. It was my great privilege to be elected to this ffice by my fellow townsmen and I want to thank them again for the honor of serving them in this capacity for the past three and a half years. I sincerely trust that I have done nothing to make them regret their action. I am sure to have some things that were not in accord with every individuals' opinion in Charlottesville. However, I have sincerely tried to do what, in my judgment, would be best for our entire city. I believe the people wanted me to do my own thinking. Decision I have made have been only after obtaining all the available information and on consideration given all facts in question. I am extremely proud of our hometown. I am proud of its history and its progress. My reason for running is the same that it was four years ago and can be summed up in one sentence. To me, Charlottesville is the best place in the world and I want to help keep it that way."