December 26, 1813, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

May 3, 1891, at the Hotel Del Monte, near Monterey, California.

Willow Grove Cemetery, New Brunswick, New Jersey.


Educated by his parents initially, Coles began teaching Latin and Greek in Plainfield, New Jersey, around 1830. He attended the University of the City of New York; the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York; and the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1835. He began practicing medicine in Newark, New Jersey, in 1836.

Coles was well traveled man, visiting Europe several times, and studied both ancient and modern languages. He was one of the founders of the Newark, New Jersey, library, and the New Jersey Historical Society, and served on the Newark Board of Education for 12 years, and in 1866, was president of the New Jersey Medical Society.

Coles received several academic degrees, including an AM from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey; a PhD from Lewisburg University (now Bucknell) (1860); and an LLD from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (1871). His works include:

  1. Day of Wrath, That Day of Burning
  2. Divine, Eternal Word
  3. Ever, My Lord, with Thee
  4. Everywhere the Groves Are Ringing
  5. From Thee, Begetting Sure Conviction
  6. God of All, Above and Under
  7. Have We Not All One Father?
  8. Here Are Partings and Painful Farewells
  9. How Sweet the Memory of Those
  10. I Sing the Shepherd of the Sheep
  11. Let Us to Jehovah Raise
  12. Lift to Him Your Hymns of Laud
  13. Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates
  14. Lord Has Risen as He Said, The
  15. Memory of Jesus’ Name, The
  16. O Beautiful and Grand
  17. O’er the Ocean Is Wafted the Tremulous Cry
  18. Out of the Mouths of Babes and Sucklings
  19. Savior of the Human Race
  20. Set My Anxious Heart at Rest
  21. Sweet Prophetic Voice, The
  22. They Err Who Think That God Is Far
  23. Thou God of Love, Thy Glories Bright
  24. To Sit at Jesus’ Feet
  25. We Cannot Build Alone
  26. We Hail Each Return of the Day of Thy Birth
  27. What Things Shall Happen on the Morrow
  28. When Jesus Speaks, So Sweet the Sound
  29. Wicked Hands, How Sad the Story
  30. Ye Messengers of God to Men