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Edward Coles
Birth: Dec. 15, 1786
Albemarle County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1868
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Illinois Governor. Born in Enniscorthy, Virginia, he was the private secretary to President James Madison, (1809-16). An advocate against slavery, after he inherited his fatherís plantation and slaves, he moved to Edwardsville, Illinois, in 1817, in order to set his slaves free. There he led political campaigns that prevented the legitimization of slavery in the State of Illinois. In 1822, he was elected the 2nd Governor of Illinois, serving until 1826. While in office, he led anti-slavery forces in the 1824 Constitutional Convention resolution vote that guaranteed Illinois would remain free. After his term, he settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he spent the rest of his life. Coles County, Illinois, founded in 1831, was named in his honor. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Coles (1745 - 1808)
  Rebecca Elizabeth Tucker Coles (1750 - 1826)
 
 Spouse:
  Sally Logan Roberts Coles (1809 - 1883)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Coles (1835 - 1920)*
  Roberts Coles (1838 - 1862)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Coles (1769 - 1773)*
  Walter Coles (1772 - 1854)*
  Isaac A. Coles (1779 - 1841)*
  Tucker Coles (1782 - 1861)*
  Rebecca Travis Coles Singleton (1782 - 1849)*
  Edward Coles (1786 - 1868)
  Sarah Coles Stevenson (1789 - 1848)*
  Elizabeth Coles (1791 - 1865)*
  Emily Ann Coles Rutherfoord (1795 - 1871)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlands Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Scott Maxwell
Record added: Jul 20, 2002
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Edward Coles
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Edward Coles
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Edward Coles
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