George Edward Cole

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George Edward Cole
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6th Governor of Washington Territory
In office
January 8, 1867 – March 4, 1867
Appointed by Andrew Johnson
Preceded by William Pickering
Succeeded by Marshall F. Moore
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington Territory's at-large district
In office
1863–1865
Preceded by William H. Wallace
Succeeded by Arthur A. Denny
Personal details
Born December 23, 1826
Trenton, New York
Died December 3, 1906 (aged 79)
Portland, Oregon
Political party Democratic

George Edward Cole (December 23, 1826 – December 3, 1906) was the 6th Governor and 5th 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 Andrew 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.

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