George Edward Cole

George Edward Cole

name= George Edward Cole

order= 6th
office= Governor of Washington Territory
term_start= 1866
term_end= 1867
predecessor= William Pickering
successor= Marshall F. Moore
birth_date= December 23, 1826
birth_place= Trenton, New York
death_date= December 3, 1906
death_place= Portland, Oregon
party= Democrat

George Edward Cole (December 23, 1826 - December 3, 1906) was a Delegate from the Territory of Washington.

Born in Trenton (now Trenton Falls), Oneida County, New York, Cole attended the public schools and Hobart Hall Institute.He was employed as clerk in a country store.He moved to Illinois, thence to California in 1849, and later to Oregon Territory in 1850. There served as member of the Oregon House of Representatives in the Oregon Territorial Legislature in 1852 and 1853. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and steamboat transportation on the Willamette River. He served as clerk of the United States District Court of Oregon in 1859 and 1860. He moved to Walla Walla, Washington, in 1860.

Cole was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865).He was not a candidate for renomination in 1864.He was appointed Governor of the Territory by President Johnson in November 1866 and served until March 4, 1867.He returned to Portland, Oregon, in 1867, and engaged in railroad construction 1869–1872.He was Postmaster of Portland, Oregon from 1873 to 1881.He moved to Spokane, Washington, in 1889, was Treasurer of Spokane County 1890–1892.He had extensive interests in mining, manufacturing, and farming.He died in Portland, Oregon, December 3, 1906, and was interred in Lone Fir Cemetery.


Further reading

*cite book|author=Meany, Edmond S|title=Governors of Washington : territorial and state|publisher=University of Washington,|year=1915 [ Available online through the Washington State Library's Classics in Washington History collection]

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