Whitefoord Russell Cole

Whitefoord Russell Cole
Born January 14, 1874
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Died November 17, 1934 (aged 60)
Cave City, Kentucky, U.S.
Resting place Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Residence 2122 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
2515 Longest Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Education Wallace University Prep School
Alma mater Vanderbilt University
Occupation Businessman
Net worth $600,000 (1934) [1]
Spouse(s) Mary Conner Bass
Children 1
Parent(s) Edmund William Cole
Anna Russell
Relatives John Trotwood Moore (daughter-in-law's father)

Whitefoord Russell Cole (January 14, 1874 – November 17, 1934) was an American businessman. He was the president of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad from 1926 to 1934, and a director of many companies. During the railroad strike actions of 1921–1922, he threatened his workers with dismissal and loss of pensions. His mansion in Louisville, Kentucky is the official residence of the president of the University of Louisville.

Early life

Whitefoord Russell Cole was born on January 14, 1874, in Nashville, Tennessee. [2] [3] [4] His father, Edmund William Cole, was a Confederate veteran and railroad executive; his mother, Anna Russell, was a philanthropist. [4] [5] His maternal uncle, Whitefoord Russell, was a Confederate veteran, and his maternal great-uncle was a professor at the University of Georgia and Berlin University. [5] Cole grew up at Colemere, a mansion in Nashville, with three half-siblings from his father's first marriage to a member of the McGavock family; his parents entertained often. [5]

Cole was educated at the Wallace University Prep School. [6] He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1894. [4] [7]

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