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Lawyers and Poetry
John L. Cole
"John L. was born June 9, 1826. He is a lawyer by study, a poet by choice and inspiration, an artist by tendency and a practical surveyor and engineer. He was a Justice of the Peace from 1855 to 1858, then County Surveyor, and in 1868-'9 represented Kanawha county in the House of Delegates. From 1873 to 1875 he was State Librarian."
[Geo. W. Atkins & Alvaro F. Gibbens, Prominent Men of West Virginia 537 (Wheeling: W.L. Callin, 1890)][online text] [According to one genealogy chart, Cole was born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, and was a "surveyor" and "lawyer of Kanawha County."]
Dr. John P. Hale, Charleston, West Virginia, in a commentary on Daniel Boone, posted on the West Virginia Archives and History website, identifies John L. Cole as "lawyer, surveyor, poet, artist, humorist, antiquarian."