Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative Isaac Coles

Isaac Coles

Print (engraving) (1808) by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin (1770-1852)

Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Life dates: 2 March 1747-3 June 1813
Place of Residence (1789): Coles Ferry, Halifax County, Virginia
Occupation (1789): Planter
Place of Birth: Richmond, Virginia
Age (March 4, 1789): 42
Religion (1789): Unknown
College Education: College of William and Mary
Marital Status (1789): Widowed
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, State Militia
Prior Political Offices: Colonial Legislature
Virginia Conventions (1774,1776)
State Legislature
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Anti
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Low
Last year of continuous service in House: 1791
Additional House Service: 1793-1797
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