Coder, Henry (1738-1780)

Former infantry captain turned merchant and entrepreneur.

A volunteer in the Seven Years’ War who became a lieutenant (1775) before he was pensioned off (1776).

Met Franklin through Barbeu-Dubourg. Warned Franklin that the weapons being manufactured for the Americans at St. Etienne were defective and dangerous to those using them.

Proposed to manufacture and ship uniforms to the United States. Also proposed a clothing manufacture in the United States for which he would himself train and bring over the workmen, and to bring to the United States a corps of noncommissioned officers under his command (1777).

Born in Pézenas(?), Languedoc. Alternate form of the name: Codere.