Cornelius ColeCornelius Cole
- November 3
) served a single term in the United States House of Representatives
as a Republican
and in the United States Senate
. In his lifetime he practiced law in his native California
and served in the Civil War
On June 27, 1922, Cole spoke before Congress, as it was in recess, for a period of 5 minutes at the age of 99. When he died in 1924 he was the oldest U.S. Senator in American history and has yet to be beaten.