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Judge Cole was born in Avon, Wisconsin, October 8, 1858. In the spring of 1863, he moved with his parents to Minnesota where he received his grade school education. In 1884 he moved to Ellendale, North Dakota, where he engaged in the grain-buying business and began the study of law. In 1891 he was admitted to the Bar, by Judge Lauder of Wahpeton, North Dakota, and the following year was admitted to the Bar by the Supreme Court of North Dakota. He was a member of the first North Dakota Legislature from Dickey County, serving one term, he also served as State's Attorney of Dickey County. In 1917 he was elected Judge of the Third Judicial District, he served until 1919, when the judicial districts were revised he became Judge of the First Judicial District from 1919 until his death on May 12, 1932.
Biographical Sketches of the North Dakota District Court Judges