Open main menu

Ralph Dayton Cole (November 30, 1873 – October 15, 1932) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio, brother of Raymond Clinton Cole.

Ralph Dayton Cole
Ralph D. Cole.jpg
Cole in 1920
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byWilliam R. Warnock
Succeeded byFrank B. Willis
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Hancock County district
In office
January 1, 1900 – January 3, 1904
Preceded byOliver P. Shaw
Succeeded byM. M. Carrothers
Personal details
Born(1873-11-30)November 30, 1873
Vanlue, Ohio
DiedOctober 15, 1932(1932-10-15) (aged 58)
Warren, Ohio
Resting placeMaple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Findlay
Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law


Early yearsEdit

Ralph Cole was born in Vanlue, Ohio on November 30, 1873. Cole attended public school before enrolling in Findlay College of Findlay, Ohio, from which he graduated in 1896.

From 1897 to 1899, Cole served as the deputy clerk of Hancock County, Ohio. During this period he also began to study law, attending Ohio Northern University College of Law.

Cole was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Findlay, Ohio.

Political careerEdit

He served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1900 to 1904.

Cole was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Findlay, Toledo, and Columbus, Ohio. Legal adviser to the Comptroller of the Currency in 1912 and 1913. Cole served as chairman of the speakers' bureau for the Republican National Committee in 1916. He was also chosen as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1916, 1924, and 1928.

Military serviceEdit

Cole enlisted in the United States Army on June 6, 1917, serving overseas as major and lieutenant colonel in the 37th Infantry Division, taking part in many major engagements.

Following the termination of hostilities, Cole became one of the founders of the American Legion at Paris on February 15, 1919.

He was honorably discharged from the service April 6, 1919 and thereafter returned to civilian life.

Death and legacyEdit

Sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident near Parkman, Ohio, from which he died in Warren, Ohio, on October 15, 1932. He was interred in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, Ohio.



  • United States Congress. "Ralph D. Cole (id: C000612)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William R. Warnock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Frank B. Willis