Fremont Cole

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Fremont Cole (September 18, 1856 Covert, Seneca County, New York – November 15, 1915 Little Neck, Queens, New York City) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of Ira H. Cole, a farmer. In 1876, he moved to Watkins in Schuyler County. Here he studied law in the office of O. P. Hurd, then Surrogate of Schuyler County. He was admitted to the bar, and became Clerk of the Surrogate Court. Five years later he opened his own law firm with his brother Irving N. Cole, which he dissolved in 1890 when he moved to Washington.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Schuyler Co.) in 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888 and 1889; and was Speaker in 1888 and 1889. In October 1889, he was defeated by Charles T. Saxton in his quest for the Republican nomination to run for the New York State Senate in the 29th District.

In October 1888, he married Charlotte Roberts (1863–1943).

He was buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Watkins (now Watkins Glen), N.Y.


  • [1] The struggle for the speakership, in NYT on January 2, 1888
  • The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Cole at Political Graveyard
  • [2] His plan to move to Washington State, in NYT on September 12, 1890
  • [3] His defeat at the Rep. senatorial convention, in NYT on October 9, 1889
  • [4] His nomination in the Rep. assemblymen's caucus, with short bio, in NYT on January 3, 1888
  • Glenwood Cem., Schuyler co., NY - p1 at Burials at Glenwood Cemetery, at Rootsweb
  • [5] Obit notice in NYT on November 16, 1915
New York State Assembly
Preceded by
J. Franklin Barnes
New York State Assembly
Schuyler County

Succeeded by
Charles T. Willis
Political offices
Preceded by
James W. Husted
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1888 - 1889
Succeeded by
James W. Husted