Harry A. Cole

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Harry A. Cole
Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals
In office
Nominated byGovernor Blair Lee, III
Appointed bySpiro T. Agnew
Judge, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City
In office
Maryland State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1921-01-01)January 1, 1921
Washington, D.C.
DiedFebruary 14, 1999(1999-02-14) (aged 78)
Baltimore, Maryland
Spouse(s)Doris F. Cole
ChildrenSusan Cole Hill, Harriette Cole, Stephanie Hill
Alma materMorgan State University, University of Maryland Law School

Harry A. Cole (January 21, 1921 – February 14, 1999) was an American lawyer and jurist from Baltimore, Maryland. Cole was also a member of the Maryland State Senate and the first African-American ever elected to the Maryland Senate and the first African-American to serve on the Maryland Court of Appeals.[1]


Born in Washington, D.C., Cole was one of five children. His father died while he was an infant and his mother moved the family back to Baltimore where she had grown up.[1] Cole attended Baltimore public schools and graduated from Douglass High School, He then attended and graduated as class valedictorian from Morgan State College with an A.B. in 1943. Immediately after college, Cole joined the U.S. Army where he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. Cole resumed his education and went on to the University of Maryland Law School where he earned an LL.B. in 1949. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1949.[2]

Judicial career[edit]

Associate Judge, Municipal Court of Baltimore City, 1967. Associate Judge, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City (now Circuit Court), 1967-77. Associate Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1977-91.

Personal life[edit]

Cole married the former Doris Freeland in 1958; three daughters: Susan, Harriette and Stephanie. He died of pneumonia at Church Home, Baltimore, Maryland on February 14, 1999.


  1. ^ a b "Judge Harry A. Cole". the Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  2. ^ "Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series): Harry A. Cole". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2008-11-03.