In early 1888, "Magazine of Western History" published a two-part article by Charles E. Flandrau on "The Bench and Bar of Ramsey County, Minnesota." The second part concluded with a profile of Gordon E. Cole, who served as attorney general from 1860 to 1866.
Flandrau's article contained his recollections of lawyers and judges of the 1850s and 1860s. It was not original. In fact, except for his tribute to Cole, it simply duplicated a chapter on "The Bar and Courts of Ramsey County" that he had written for a history of the county and state compiled by Edward D. Neill and J. Fletcher Williams, and published in 1881.
Flandrau (1828-1903) served on the Territorial Supreme Court in 1857 and 1858 and on the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1858 to 1864.