Ashley T. Cole

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Ashley Trimble Cole
Born July 11, 1876
New York City, New York
Died February 23, 1965
Doctors Hospital, Manhattan, New York
Residence 1050 Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York
Education Columbia University, New York Law School
Occupation Lawyer, Chairman of the New York State Racing Commission
Political party Democratic
Board member of New York State World's Fair Commission
Spouse(s) Alice Leavy
Children Ashley Jr. Hugh, Bettina Ashley Cole grandchildren Hugh A. Cole Jr,
Parent(s) Ashley William Cole, Mary Louise Trimble

Ashley Trimble Cole (July 11, 1876 – November 23, 1965) was a lawyer in New York City who was active in both city and state politics as well as a noted equestrian.


Early life[edit]

Ashley Trimble Cole was born on July 11, 1876 in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University and the New York Law School.


He began practicing the Law in 1900 and was appointed legal counsel for the Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation in 1916. He was a member of the New York State World's Fair Commission from 1936 to 1941 and was Chairman of the New York State Racing Commission from 1945 to 1965.[1][2]

Horse racing[edit]

A key figure in the creation of the New York Racing Association, the Ashley T. Cole Handicap for New York bred horses run annually at Belmont Park since 1976 is named in his honor. [3]


He was a collector of military and other autographs who, according to the New York Public Library, assembled "one of the most impressive collections of material anywhere at the time."[4]


He died on November 23, 1965 in New York City.