Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Emory Cole (1893-1968)
MSA SC 3520-14301


Born Emory Ryan Cole, September 3, 1893, in Cockeys ville, Baltimore County. Attended Baltimore County public schools; Bowie State Normal School; Howard University; Howard University School of Law, LL.B., 1923. Admitted to the Maryland bar, November 20, 1923. Married to Selma Olivia Snell. Died August 16, 1968, in Baltimore, Maryland. Buried at the Baltimore National Cemetery.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Baltimore City, 1955-59. Republican. Along with Harry Cole and Truly Hatchett, Cole became one of the first African Americans elected to the Maryland General Assembly. He lost his 1958 bid for re-election to Verda F. Welcome.

Private career and other public service:
Attorney. Served in 331st Field Artillery, 1917-1919. Member of Maryland State Bar; Elks, Masons, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War.

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