Edward Coles

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Edward Coles
2nd Governor of Illinois
In office
December 5, 1822 – December 6, 1826
Preceded byShadrach Bond
Succeeded byNinian Edwards
Personal details
Born(1786-12-15)December 15, 1786
Albemarle County, Virginia
DiedJuly 7, 1868(1868-07-07) (aged 81)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyIndependent
Sally Logan Roberts (m. 1809–1868)

(his death)
Alma materCollege of William and Mary

Edward Coles (December 15, 1786 – July 7, 1868) was the second Governor of Illinois, serving from 1822 to 1826.

From 1810 to 1815, Coles was secretary to James Madison. He was a neighbor and anti-slavery associate of Thomas Jefferson. He freed his slaves in 1819.

Coles was born on December 15, 1786 in Albemarle County, Virginia. He studied at The College of William & Mary. Coles was married to Sally Logan Roberts from 1809 until his death in 1868. They had no children. Coles died on July 7, 1868 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from natural causes, aged 81.

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