Cyrenus Cole Edit Profile
Born near Pella, Iowa, Cole graduated from Central College in Pella in 1887.
He was an associate editor at The Iowa State Register, then the editor and (until 1913) co-owner of The Cedar Rapids Republican. In late 1920, James W. Good, the Republican U.S. Representative for Iowa's 5th congressional district (which included Cedar Rapids) indicated he would resign the following year. Cole easily prevailed in the district convention called to nominate a Republican candidate to fill the vacancy, and defeated his Democratic adversary in the July 1921 race.
He was considered a "dry" (supporter of prohibition) in the ongoing legislative controversy over the repeal of prohibition. In 1932, he elected not to seek re-election, following reapportionment that left him and another incumbent ("wet" Democrat Bernhard M Jacobsen of Clinton) in a reconstituted 2nd congressional district that included several new counties in which Cole's "dry" stance on prohibition was unpopular. In all, Cole served in Congress from August 1, 1921 to March 3, 1933.
Cole returned to writing, publishing several other books, including his memoirs. He died on November 14, 1939, in Washington, D.C., and was interred in the First Dutch Reform Church Cemetery, near Pella.
He was also the author of many books, including "A History of the People of Iowa," "Iowa Through the Years," and "The Farmer in Politics and Prosperity." He also owned two farms near Pella. While serving as editor, Cole was very active in one of the two factions of the Iowa Republican Party — known as the "stand-patters," a more conservative alternative to the party's progressive wing.
Cole was sworn into office on August 1, 1921, as a member of the sixty-seventh Congress.