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Cole, Alonzo B. "A.B., Alonso, Alvinza"

Senate 1895-98 (District 48); Senate 1903-06 (District 59); House 1923-24 (District 50)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Otter Tail

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 12/30/1848
Birth Place: Canton, New York
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 6/8/1924
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: A.B., Alonso, Alvinza
City of Residence (when first elected): Fergus Falls
Occupation (when first elected): Physician/Surgeon

EDUCATION

Canton Academy, New York; Secondary; Graduate, 1868
New York Homeopathic Medical College; Medical Degree; 1878

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota State Medical Examining Board (Member); 18?? to 1???
Municipal Mayor: Fergus Falls, Minnesota (City Mayor, 2 terms); 18?? to 18??
Municipal Government: Fergus Falls, Minnesota (City Physician and Health Officer, 5 years); 18?? to 18??
Military: Minnesota Infantry Volunteers, 14th Regiment (Spanish-American War, Major Surgeon); 04/29/1898 to 11/18/1898
Military: Minnesota National Guard, 3rd Regiment Infantry (1st Lieutenant, Assistant Surgeon); 12/29/1898 to 1??? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Effie Westcott
Children: Three adopted children (his nephews): Claude Lynn, and his 2 brothers (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Albert L. Cole  - Brother
Claude Lynn Cole  - Nephew

GENERAL NOTES

He came to Fergus Falls, Minnesota in 1881.

Toensing and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1895 list his first name as Alonzo. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1897 lists Alonso. Men of Minnesota, 1915 lists Alvinza.

He adopted his nephew Claude Lynn Cole, who also served in the legislature.

Buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls.

Total Days Served: 3654

SESSIONS SERVED

43rd Legislative Session (1923-1924)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 50
Elected: 11/7/1922
Residence: Fergus Falls
Term of Office: 1/2/1923 to 1/5/1925
Counties Represented: Otter Tail
Occupation: Practicing Medicine
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Board of Control and State Institutions
  • Labor
  • Public Health and Hospitals (Chair)
  • Public Utilities
  • State Parks
  • University and State Schools

34th Legislative Session (1905-1906) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 59
Elected: 11/4/1902
Residence: Fergus Falls
Term of Office: 1/6/1903 to 1/7/1907
Counties Represented: Otter Tail
Occupation: Physician/Surgeon
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Drainage
  • Education
  • Elections (Chair)
  • Hospitals for Insane
  • Military Affairs
  • Printing
  • Railroads
  • State Training Schools

33rd Legislative Session (1903-1904)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 59
Elected: 11/4/1902
Residence: Fergus Falls
Term of Office: 1/6/1903 to 1/7/1907
Counties Represented: Otter Tail
Occupation: Physician/Surgeon
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Drainage
  • Education
  • Hospitals for Insane
  • Military Affairs
  • Printing
  • Railroads
  • State Training School
  • Temperance (Chair)

30th Legislative Session (1897-1898) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 48
Elected: 11/6/1894
Residence: Fergus Falls
Term of Office: 1/8/1895 to 1/2/1899
Counties Represented: Otter Tail
Occupation: Physician/Surgeon
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Drainage
  • Grain and Warehouse
  • Hospitals for Insane
  • Illuminating Oils
  • Mines and Minerals
  • Public Health, Dairy and Food
  • Temperance (Chair)

29th Legislative Session (1895-1896)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 48
Elected: 11/6/1894
Residence: Fergus Falls
Term of Office: 1/8/1895 to 1/2/1899
Counties Represented: Otter Tail
Occupation: Physician/Surgeon
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Drainage
  • Grain and Warehouse
  • Hospitals for Insane
  • Military Affairs
  • Public Health, Dairy and Food
  • Reapportionment