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William Purington Cole Jr.

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William Purington Cole Jr.
1910 William Purington Cole (page 27 crop).jpg
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
In office
July 7, 1952 – September 22, 1957
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byJoseph Raymond Jackson
Succeeded byIsaac Jack Martin
Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
May 14, 1942 – July 9, 1952
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded byGeorge Stewart Brown
Succeeded byDavid John Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1931 – October 26, 1942
Preceded byLinwood Clark
Succeeded byHarry Streett Baldwin
In office
March 4, 1927 – March 3, 1929
Preceded byMillard Tydings
Succeeded byLinwood Clark
Personal details
William Purington Cole Jr.

(1889-05-11)May 11, 1889
Towson, Maryland
DiedSeptember 22, 1957(1957-09-22) (aged 68)
Baltimore, Maryland
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park (B.S.C.E.)
University of Maryland School of Law

William Purington Cole Jr. (May 11, 1889 – September 22, 1957) was an American jurist and politician. From 1927 to 1929 and from 1931 to 1942, Cole was a United States Representative who represented the second district of Maryland. He later served as a Judge of the United States Customs Court and as an Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.

Early life and education

Cole was born in Towson, Maryland, and graduated as a civil engineer from Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland, College Park) in 1910, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) degree. He also studied law at the University of Maryland School of Law, was admitted to the bar in 1912, and commenced practice the same year. During World War I, Cole was commissioned as first lieutenant in the United States Army in November 1917. He was assigned to the 316th Regiment of Infantry, 79th Division at Fort Meade, and served overseas. He resumed the practice of law in 1919 in Towson. Cole served as a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution from 1940 to 1943, and was named a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland, College Park in 1931, becoming Chairman of the board in 1944.[1][2]

Congressional service

In 1926, Cole was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, serving one full term in the 70th United States Congress from March 4, 1927, to March 3, 1929. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928, and resumed the practice of law in Towson. He was again elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1930, and this time served from March 4, 1931, until his resignation on October 26, 1942 to accept a judicial post, serving in the 72nd United States Congress and the five succeeding Congresses.[2]

Federal judicial service

Cole was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 11, 1942, to a seat on the United States Customs Court vacated by Judge George Stewart Brown. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 11, 1942, and received his commission on May 14, 1942. His service terminated on July 9, 1952, due to his elevation to the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.[1]

Cole was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on July 4, 1952, to an Associate Judge seat on the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals vacated by Associate Judge Joseph Raymond Jackson. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 5, 1952, and received his commission on July 7, 1952. His service terminated on September 22, 1957, due to his death.[1]


Grave at Arlington National Cemetery
Grave at Arlington National Cemetery

Cole died on September 22, 1957, in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.[2] Cole Field House at the University of Maryland, College Park is named in his honor.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d William Purrington Cole at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d "William Purington Cole Jr". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Millard Tydings
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland's 2nd congressional district
Succeeded by
Linwood Clark
Preceded by
Linwood Clark
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland's 2nd congressional district
Succeeded by
Harry Streett Baldwin
Legal offices
Preceded by
George Stewart Brown
Judge of the United States Customs Court
Succeeded by
David John Wilson
Preceded by
Joseph Raymond Jackson
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
Succeeded by
Isaac Jack Martin
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