Isaac Coles

Isaac Coles ( born March 2, 1747 in Richmond, Virginia; † June 3, 1813 in Chatham, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1789 and 1797 he represented two times the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Isaac Coles grew up during the British colonial period and studied at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. Later he joined the American Revolution and served during the War of Independence in the state militia of Virginia. He also embarked on a political career. Between 1780 and 1781, and from 1783 to 1788 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. In 1788 he was a delegate to the meeting at which the state of Virginia ratified the Constitution of the United States. Cole voted against the adoption of the Federal Constitution. Until 1798 he lived on a plantation in Halifax County, he moved to the Pittsylvania County. Coles was an opponent of the first federal government under President George Washington ( Anti- Administration Group ) and joined the end of the 1790s, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party.

At the first congress elections Coles was selected in the sixth constituency of Virginia in the time which meets even in New York U.S. House of Representatives, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1789. Until March 3, 1791, he graduated from a first term of office. In the elections of 1792 he was again elected to Congress. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1797 two legislative sessions.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Isaac Coles withdrew from politics. He died on June 3, 1813 at his plantation Coles Hill near Chatham. He was the father of Congressman Walter Coles (1790-1857) and a cousin of Patrick Henry.