W. Sterling Cole

William Sterling Cole (April 18, 1904 – March 15, 1987) was an American politician, lawyer and civil servant, who served as the first Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1957 to 1961. Before his appointment to the IAEA he was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

William Sterling Cole
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William Sterling Cole, 1958
1st Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
In office
December 1, 1957 – November 30, 1961
Succeeded bySigvard Eklund
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1935 – December 1, 1957
Preceded byGale H. Stalker
Succeeded byHoward W. Robison
Constituency37th district (1935–45)
39th district (1945–53)
37th district (1953–57)
Personal details
BornApril 18, 1904
Painted Post, New York
DiedMarch 15, 1987 (aged 82)
Washington, D.C.
Alma materColgate University
Albany Law School

BiographyEdit

W. Sterling Cole was born in Painted Post, New York. He graduated from Colgate University in 1925 and Albany Law School in 1929. Cole practiced law in Bath, New York.[1]

A Republican, Cole was elected to Congress in 1934 and served from January 3, 1935, until his resignation on December 1, 1957. Cole voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.[2] He resigned to become the first Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and remained at that post until 1961.[1]

After leaving the IAEA Cole resided in Arlington, Virginia and practiced law in Washington, D.C. He died in Washington on March 15, 1987.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c IAEA
  2. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957". GovTrack.us.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 37th congressional district

1935–1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 39th congressional district

1945–1953
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 37th congressional district

1953–1957
Succeeded by
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
IAEA created in 1957
Director General of the IAEA
1957 – 1961
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