Born in Papeete, Tahiti he moved to France and studied at the University of Poitiers. He later returned to Tahiti in 1948. On June 8, 1958 he was elected senator winning by 13 votes to 11. He was re-elected on April 26, 1959 when he won by 43 votes against 17. He stayed in office until 1962. He was voted the first president of his former university in 1972.
Coppenrath died on November 4, 2008.Décès de l'ancien sénateur Gérald Coppenrath (French) Tahiti Presse'' Three months after his younger brother.Click here to hide this biography