Thomas Cole was born in London and died there on 16 September 1697. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating BA in 1649 and MA in 1651. He became Principal of St Mary Hall in 1656. He was tutor to a number of eminent divines and also of John Locke. He was ejected from Oxford in 1660 and opened one of the first dissenting academies at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire, where, amongst other subjects, he taught his pupils Aristotle's philosophy. In 1674 he became minister of an independent congregation in London and he also became one of the ministers of the merchants' lecture at Pinners' Hall.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.