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David Washington Cole

D.W. Cole
Full Name: David Washington "Wash" Cole
Birth date: October 31, 1820
Death date: March 5, 1885

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 13th (1) (6) & 12th (2) (3) (4) (5) Legislatures
    2/8/1870 - 1/13/1874
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) Black Jack Grove renamed Cumby in 1886. Handbook of Texas Online .
(3) Name listed David W. Cole. Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846-1962 1962.
(4) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal .
(5) Party affiliation, Democrat. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas .
(6) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.

Biographical Notes and Resources


  • Photograph. D.W. Cole, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. D.W. Cole, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs

Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - Washington Cole, Black Jack Grove post office, Hopkins County, age 49, born circa 1821 in Kentucky. FamilySearch .
  • D.W. Cole, birth date 10/31/1820, death date 3/5/1885, burial in Cumby Cemetery, Cumby, Hopkins County. Find a Grave .
  • Mentioned in CUMBY, TEXAS. Cumby, formerly Black Jack Grove, was settled in 1842 by D.W. (Wash) Cole. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Death notice, Judge D.W. Cole, Black Jack Grove, March 6. "He was in the Constitutional convention of 1868, and afterward elected to the state Senate . . . ," The Galveston Daily News, 3/7/1885, p. 1, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1868. Included in "List of Delegates to the Reconstruction Convention, As Announced in Special order No. 213, Dated Headquarters Fifth Military District, New Orleans, LA., April 13th, 1868." Journal of the Reconstruction Convention, Which Met at Austin, Texas, June 1, A.D., 1868 (1870), pp 533-534. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin) 2009.
  • David Washington Cole, p. 92. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.
  • History of Black Jack Grove and Judge D.W. Cole obituary, Black Jack Post, 3/7/1885. Death date 3/5/1885. Hopkins County, TXGenWeb Project .
  • Mentioned in "R.W. Harris Tells of the Old Days and its People." Miller Green married a daughter of Wash Cole, "a very prominent citizen of the county and a member of the State Legislature from Hopkins County in the early day." Hopkins County, TXGenWeb Project .
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