Whitefoord Russell Cole

Whitefoord Russell Cole
BornJanuary 14, 1874
DiedNovember 17, 1934 (aged 60)
Resting placeNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Residence2122 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
2515 Longest Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
EducationWallace University Prep School
Alma materVanderbilt University
OccupationBusinessman
Net worth$600,000 (1934)[1]
Spouse(s)Mary Conner Bass
Children1
Parent(s)Edmund William Cole
Anna Russell
RelativesJohn 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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