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Luther Francis Cole
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Louisiana State Representative from East Baton Rouge Parish

In office
1964–1967
Preceded by At-large membership:

A. T. "Apple" Sanders, Jr.
William F. "Bill" Bernhard, Jr.
Jack M. Dyer
Eugene McGehee

Succeeded by Clark Gaudin
Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court

In office
1986–1992
Succeeded by Catherine D. Kimball
Personal details
Born (1925-10-25)October 25, 1925
Alexandria, Rapides Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died July 26, 2013(2013-07-26) (aged 87)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Resting place Resthaven Gardens of Memory in Baton Rouge
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Juanita Barton Cole (married 1945-2013, his death)
Children Fran Harbour

Jeffrey Cole
Christopher Warren Cole,

Alma mater Bolton High School

Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana State University Law Center

Occupation Attorney
Religion Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II

Luther Francis Cole (October 25, 1925 – July 26, 2013) was a lawyer and politician from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who served as a state legislator and then as a judge.

Cole was born in Alexandria in Rapides Parish, one of twelve children of Clement and Catherine Cole. He graduated from Bolton High School and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston[1] and graduated from Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge. He joined a friend, Warren Mengis, in the formation of the Cole and Mengis law firm in Baton Rouge. They later partnered with Lawrence Durant.[2]

A Democrat, Cole served in the Louisiana House of Representatives during the administration of Governor John McKeithen. His tenure extended only from 1964 until 1967, when he resigned[3] to become a judge of the 19th Judicial District Court. From 1972 to 1973, he was president of the Louisiana District Judges Association.[1] He subsequently served as well on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal[2] and the Louisiana Supreme Court, Fifth District seat, to which he was elected on April 5, 1986. With nearly 62 percent of the vote, Cole defeated two opponents, Republican Patsy McDowell Cooper and fellow Democrat C. Alvin Tyler.[4] Cole remained on the Supreme Court until his retirement in 1992; he was succeeded by Catherine D. Kimball,[5] a former chief justice of the court.

Cole was the son of Clem and Catherine Wiley Cole. He was a Baptist.[1] Cole and his wife, the former Juanita Barton, originally form Horatio, in Sevier County in southwestern Arkansas, had three children, Frances Harbour and husband Robert, Jeffrey Cole and wife Polly, and Christopher Warren Cole, and eight grandchildren. Graveside services were held on July 29 at Resthaven Gardens of Memory in Baton Rouge.[2] Son Jeffrey Cole, a Baton Rouge attorney, noted that his father never planned to served on the state Supreme Court but ran for the post when the opportunity presented itself. Jeffrey Cole said that his father was instrumental in the establishment of a retirement system for state court judges: "... He was not only a judge, but he was a leader and someone who helped with the entire judicial system in Louisiana. I think he was proud of being a self-made man and the things he was able to accomplish." [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Louisiana: Cole, Luther Francis, Who's Who in American Politics, 2003-2004, 19th ed., Vol. 1 (Alabama-Montana) (Marquis Who's Who: New Providence, New Jersey, 2003), p. 774
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Luther Francis Cole". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=luther-francis-cole&pid=166062321&fhid=17443#fbLoggedOut. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  3. "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2012". legis.la.gov. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20131004235758/http://www.legis.la.gov/legisdocs/members/h1812-2012.pdf. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  4. "Special election returns, April 5, 1986". staticresults.sos.la.gov. http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/04051986/04051986_MultiParish.html. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  5. "Louisiana election returns, November 3, 1992". staticresults.sos.la.gov. http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/11031992/11031992_MultiParish.html. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ""Luther Cole, retired justice, WWII veteran dies at 87," July 27, 2013". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130823161034/http://theadvocate.com/home/6626081-125/luther-cole-retired-justice-wwii. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
At-large membership:

A. T. "Apple" Sanders, Jr.
William F. "Bill" Bernhard, Jr.
Jack M. Dyer
Eugene McGehee

Louisiana State Representative from East Baton Rouge Parish

Luther Francis Cole
1964–1967

Succeeded by
Clark Gaudin
Preceded by
Missing
Louisiana Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Fifth District

Luther Francis Cole
1986–1992

Succeeded by
Catherine D. Kimball

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