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Sterling Cole, American lawyer. Decorated Order of Merit Italy; Great Golden Decoration of Honor for Merits Austria; named to Steuben County (New York ) Bicentennial Hall of Fame, 1976.


Cole, Sterling was born on April 18, 1904 in Painted Post, New York, United States. Son of Ernest Ethelbert and Minnie (Pierce) Cole.


AB, Colgate University, 1925. Doctor of Laws, Colgate University, 1954. Bachelor of Laws, Albany Law School, Union University, 1929.

Doctor of Science, Union College. Doctor of Laws, Elmira College.


Teacher public schools, 1925-1926. Began practice at Bath, New York, 1930. Member firm Cole & Cole.

Member 74th to 85th Congresses, 39th and 37th New York District. Director general International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, 1957-1961. Member firm Cole and Cole, Washington, since 1962.

Vice president Cambridge Nuclear Corporation, Massachusetts, Space Research Corporation, North Troy, Vermont. Member joint committee atomic energy United States Congress, 1947-1957, chairman, 1953-1954. Federal representative (presidential appointee) Southern Interstate Nuclear Board, 1969-1983.

Member Advisory Council for International Studies, Graz, Austria.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Atomic Energy Act of 1954.


Trustee Colgate University, 1945-1950, Woodlawn Foundation, Elmira College. Board advisers Robins Awards American Served to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1939-1959. Member New York, Virginia, District of Columbia Bar associations, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Nu, Pi Delta Epsilon, Delta Sigma Rho.

Clubs: Mason. (Washington), National Lawyers (Washington), Sulgrave (Washington).


Married Mary Elizabeth Thomas, July 3, 1929. Children– William Sterling, Thomas Ernest, David Aaron.

Ernest Ethelbert Cole

Minnie (Pierce) Cole

Mary Elizabeth Thomas

William Sterling Cole

Thomas Ernest Cole

David Aaron Cole