Nathan Cole

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Nathan Cole
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byErastus Wells
Succeeded byErastus Wells
Personal details
BornJuly 26, 1825
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedMarch 4, 1904 (aged 69)
St. Louis, Missouri
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionPolitician, merchant, businessman

Nathan Cole (July 26, 1825 – March 4, 1904) was a nineteenth-century politician, merchant and businessman from Missouri.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Cole attended common schools as a child and later took a partial course at Shurtleff College. He engaged in mercantile pursuits in St. Louis, was a director of the Bank of Commerce for forty-three years, most of which time he was also vice president of the bank, and was a director in a number of insurance and other corporations. Cole served as Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri from 1869 to 1871, was president of the Merchants' Exchange in 1876 and was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1876, serving from 1877 to 1879, being unsuccessful for re-election in 1878. Afterward, he resumed his former business activities in St. Louis until his death there on March 4, 1904, he was interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

His son, Nathan Cole Jr., was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Times, in 1881.[1]


  1. ^ "Early-Day Editor Is Summoned," Los Angeles Times, December 8, 1921, page I-1 Access to this link will require the use of a library card.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Nathan Cole (id: C000610)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Nathan Cole at Find a Grave
  • St. Louis Mayors: an Online Exhibit
Political offices
Preceded by
James S. Thomas
Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri
1869 – 1871
Succeeded by
Joseph Brown
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Erastus Wells
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
Erastus Wells