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Walter Coles (December 8, 1790 – November 9, 1857) was a U.S. Democratic politician.

Walter Coles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byJohn Winston Jones
Succeeded byWilliam Tredway
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byThomas Davenport
Succeeded byJohn Winston Jones
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Pittsylvania County
In office
1833
Alongside William Swanson
In office
1817
Alongside Thomas Clarke
Personal details
BornDecember 8, 1790
Coles Ferry, Virginia
DiedNovember 9, 1857(1857-11-09) (aged 66)
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsIsaac Coles (father), Edward Coles (cousin)

BiographyEdit

He was born at Coles Ferry, Halifax County, Virginia. Coles was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from Virginia and served from March 4, 1835 to March 3, 1845. He died near Chatham, Virginia.

He was the son of Isaac Coles, also a United States Representative from Virginia, and cousin of Edward Coles, who became Governor of Illinois.

ElectionsEdit

  • 1835; Coles was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 54.11% of the vote, defeating Whig Thomas Davenport.
  • 1837; Coles was re-elected with 65.04% of the vote, defeating Whig John Kerr.
  • 1839; Coles was re-elected with 51.7% of the vote, defeating Whig Vincent Witcher.
  • 1841; Coles was re-elected with 50.45% of the vote, defeating Whig Witcher.
  • 1843; Coles was re-elected with 51.35% of the vote, defeating a Whig identified only as Gilmer.

SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Walter Coles (id: C000625)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Davenport
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

1835–1843
Succeeded by
John Winston Jones
Preceded by
John Winston Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

1843–1845
Succeeded by
William Tredway