COLES, Walter (1790-1857)

COLES, WALTER, a Representative from Virginia; born at Coles Ferry, Halifax County, Va., December 8, 1790; moved with his parents to Pittsylvania County, Va., in 1798; attended Hampden-Sidney College, Prince Edward County, Va., and Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va.; served as a second lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Light Dragoons in the War of 1812; promoted to the rank of captain of riflemen on the northern frontier; was honorably discharged in 1815 and returned to Virginia, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits; justice of the peace; member of the State house of delegates 1817, 1818, 1833, and 1834; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; resumed agricultural pursuits; died at his home, ``Coles Hill,'' near Chatham, Va., on November 9, 1857; interment in the family burying ground at ``Coles Hill.''

The Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Papers of the Gerry and Coles Families, 1783-1825, 95 items.
Correspondents include Walter Coles.


University of Virginia
Special Collections Department, Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Halvor Americana Letters from or about Virginia Congressmen, 1836-1842, 4 items.
Subjects covered include Walter Coles.

Papers: In the John Randolph Papers, 1821, 1 item.
A letter from John Randolph to Walter Coles written on June 11, 1821. In the letter, John Randolph refuses to sell one of his slaves.