J.R. Cole

James Reid Cole

Full Name: James Reid Cole
Date of birth: November 17, 1839
Date of death: October 27, 1917

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 22 Feb 9, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Kentucky Town / Grayson   Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, Knox, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, Young

(1) Cole was "elected as representative running as a moderate Democrat for Jack, Wise, and Grayson counties to the Twelfth Texas Legislature . . ." Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) In 1924 the Kentucky Town post office was discontinued and replaced by rural delivery from Whitewright. Handbook of Texas Online.
(3) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - Qualified and took the oath of office on 2/9/1870. House Journal.
(4) Party affiliation, Conservative. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary, "Well-Known Texas Educator Dies Here: Colonel James R. Cole Once Served as President of A. & M. College," 10/28/1917, p. 12. James Reid Cole, born 11/17/1839 in Stokes County, North Carolina; son of Major William Carter and Elizabeth Murphy Cole. "Funeral Services Held for Colonel James R. Cole," 10/29/1917, p. 5. Dallas Morning News.
  • James Reid Cole, birth date 11/17/1839 in Stokes County, North Carolina, death date 10/27/1917 in Dallas, Texas, burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas. Includes family photo and biographical sketch. Find a Grave.
  • COLE, JAMES REID (1839-1917). Death date 10/28/1917. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch and family photo, James Reid Cole, p. 100. Landrum, Graham. Grayson County; an illustrated history of Grayson County, Texas, 1960. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, Prof. James Reid Cole. Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas, 1892, pp. 656-657, crediting Dallas Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, Professor James R. Cole, pp. 240-241. Lindsley, Philip. A history of greater Dallas and vicinity, Vol. 2, 1909. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, 1st Sergeant, Company F, North Carolina Cavalry, 2nd Regiment; 1st Sergeant, Company B, North Carolina 27th Infantry (enlistment date 6/10/1861, rank change to 1st Sergeant 12/1/1861); Adjutant, Company S, North Carolina 22nd Infantry (enlistment date 8/25/1862); including several transfers. James Reid Cole and James R. Cole, residence place Guilford County, North Carolina. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865; U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865. Ancestry.com.
  • Confederate States Army, Colonel. Originally mustered with Guilford Greys, served in 2nd and 22nd North Carolina Cavalry Regiment. Handbook of Texas Online.

Other Resources


  • Photograph. J.R. Cole, 12th Legislature, Austin History Center

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

12th Adjourned - 1871
Privileges and Elections  
12th R.S. - 1871
Privileges and Elections  
Public Lands and Land Office  
12th 1st C.S. - 1870
Examine Comptroller's and Treasurer's Office  
Public Lands and Land Office  
12th Provisional - 1870
Thirteenth Amendment, Report of  

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