Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Harry A. Cole
MSA SC 3520-12087


Born in Washington, D.C., January 1, 1921.  Attended Baltimore public schools; Morgan State College, A.B. 1943; University of Maryland Law School, LL.B., 1949.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, c. 1949.  Married the former Doris Freeland in 1958; three daughters:  Susan, Harriette and Stephanie.  Died of pneumonia at Church Home, Baltimore, Maryland, February 14, 1999.

General Assembly:
Maryland Senate, Baltimore City, 1955-58.  First African American elected to the Maryland General Assembly.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Served in U.S. Army, 1st Lieutenant, Quartermaster Corps, 1943-46.  Employed by NAACP.  Justice of the Peace of Baltimore City, 1951-52.  First African American appointed as assistant attorney general of Maryland, 1953-54.  Engaged in the practice of law with Brown, Allen & Watts, Baltimore City.  First chairman of the Maryland Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, 1958.  Associate Judge, Municipal Court of Baltimore City, 1967.  Associate Judge, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City (now Circuit Court), 1967-77.  Associate Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1977-91.  Chair, Charter Review Commission.  Chair, Governor's Commission on the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Statue, 1994-96.  Chair, Board of Regents, Morgan State University, 1999.  Member, Executive Committee, U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.  Member, Baltimore City, Maryland State, and American Bar Associations; American Judicature Society.  Secretary, Monumental City Bar Association.  Member, YMCA; Urban League; NAACP; Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.

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