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COLE, William Purington, Jr.

COLE, William Purington, Jr.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


COLE, William Purington, Jr., a Representative from Maryland; born in Towson, Baltimore County, Md., May 11, 1889; attended the public schools; was graduated as a civil engineer from Maryland Agricultural College (now University of Maryland) in 1910; studied law at the University of Maryland at Baltimore; was admitted to the bar in 1912 and commenced practice the same year; commissioned as first lieutenant November 1917 and was assigned to the Three Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment of Infantry, Seventy-ninth Division, Camp Meade, Md.; served overseas; resumed the practice of law in 1919 at Towson, Md.; elected as a Democrat to the Seventieth Congress (March 4, 1927-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Towson Md.; again elected to the Seventy-second and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1931, until his resignation on October 26, 1942, to become a judge of the United States customs court, in which capacity he served until 1952; member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution 1940-1943; named a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland in 1931 and became chairman of the board in 1944; appointed judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals by President Truman July 10, 1952, and served until his death in Baltimore, Md., September 22, 1957; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore, MD
Papers: 1905-1957, 6 boxes. The collection of William Purington Cole Jr. contains typed copies of correspondence, as well as speeches, election materials, and files on public works projects, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge project, and veterans. Also included are positive photocopies of newspaper articles. The originals of the correspondence are not in the possession of the Society. The originals of the news articles were discarded after they were photocopied. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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