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Isaac COLES

(1747-1813)

COLES, Isaac, (father of Walter Coles), a Representative from Virginia; born in Richmond, Va., March 2, 1747; educated at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; served as a colonel of militia during the Revolutionary War; member of the State house of delegates 1780-1781 and 1783-1788; member of the convention which met in Richmond, Va., in June 1788 to ratify the new Federal Constitution, which he opposed; during his political career lived on a plantation on Staunton River at Coles Ferry, Halifax County; moved to Pittsylvania County in 1798; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); died on his plantation, “Coles Hill,” near Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Va., June 3, 1813; interment in the family cemetery on his plantation.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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