|Frank Estes Cole|
Louisiana State Representative
for Sabine Parish
1944 – 1952
|Preceded by||Joe Sanders |
|Succeeded by||J. M. Belisle|
Louisiana State Senator for Beauregard, Sabine, and Venon parishes
1956 – 1960
|Preceded by||R. S. Copeland|
|Succeeded by||Charles M. Poston|
|Born|| March 4, 1908|
Ball, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
|Died|| May 31, 1981 (aged 73)|
|Spouse(s)|| (1) Edna Phares Cole (died 1972)|
(2) Margaret Jacobs Cole (married 1976-1981, his death)
|Children|| Sally Beth Cole
James Robert Cole
|Alma mater||Louisiana State University|
Frank Estes Cole, sometimes known as F. E. Cole (March 4, 1908 – May 31, 1981), was an educator from Many in Sabine Parish in western Louisiana, who served as a Democrat in both houses of the state legislature between 1944 and 1960.
Cole was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Cole in Ball, near Pineville in northern Rapides Parish. He graduated in 1925 from Franklin High School in Franklin in Robertson County, near Bryan/College Station, Texas. He then attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, at which he played for the LSU Tigers as a guard and a tackle. In 1931, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He first taught and coached at Rayville High School in Rayville in Richland Parish in northeast Louisiana located to the east of Monroe. In the late 1930s, he moved to Many to become a vocational agriculture teacher and football coach for four years. During World War II, Cole was employed in the shipyards. He returned to teaching in 1950 and retired in 1965. Cole was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1944, with the first administration of Governor Jimmie Davis. He served until 1952, when Earl Kemp Long turned over the governorship to Robert F. Kennon of Minden. He was elected to the state senate in 1956 and served a single term, corresponding with the third Earl Long administration.The senatorial district then encompassed Beauregard, Sabine, and Vernon parishes. Cole introduced legislation establishing the Sabine Valley Vocational-Technical School in Many.
He was appointed in 1960 to fill a vacancy on the then 11-member Louisiana State Board of Education, a body since revamped under the Louisiana Constitution of 1974. Cole's name was included in a 1963 publication of the then sitting Louisiana education board members, along with subsequent superintendent Bill Dodd and the Bossier City banker Enoch T. Nix.
Cole was a member of the First Baptist Church of Many, the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce, and the Masonic lodge. Cole was twice married. By the former Edna Phares (1913-1972), he had two children, Sally Beth Cole (1938-1973) and James Robert Cole (1942-2007).
- Cole, Frank Estes. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography (lahistory.org). Retrieved on September 26, 2019.
- Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2020 (Sabine Parish). Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on September 26, 2019.
- Membership in the Louisiana Senate, 1880-Present. Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved on September 26, 2019.
- James Robert Cole. Ancestry.com. Retrieved on September 26, 2019.
- Sabine Index, June 4, 1981.