Edward Coles

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Birthday
15, 1786
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Jul 7, 1868 (81)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
15, 1786
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Jul 7, 1868 (81)

About

American politician who was an anti-slavery associate of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe and served as the second Governor of Illinois from 1822 to 1826.

Before Fame

Upon the death of his father, he inherited 12 slaves and intended to emancipate them. However, due to the strict laws of Virginia, he was unable to free his slaves.

Trivia

A scholarship has been established in his honor by the Illinois Rights Commission.

Family Life

He had three children with wife Sally Logan Roberts.

Associated With

He served as an associate for former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.