A native Prince Edward Islander, Coles, first elected in 1842, represented the consituency of Queen's in the House of Assembly of the Island until his retirement because of ill health in 1868. Co-founder with Edward Whelan, of the Liberal Party, and an ardent advocate of Responsible Government, which was granted in 1851, he became Premier in that same year and served in that office for three terms (1851-4, 1855-9, and 1867-8). A Father of Confederation, he attended the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences of 1864. He died at Charlottetown.
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