Reverend Nathaniel ColePlayed by Tom Noonan

Hell on Wheels Reverend Nathaniel Cole

Reformed from a life of violence and alcohol, Reverend Cole turned his life to God. After riding with John Brown in Kansas and serving as a minister for the Union Army in the Civil War, Cole was sick of the slaughter; he genuinely wanted to help the whites and Indians avoid another war. He took up a holy mission of conversion and peace to prevent the annihilation of the native race. When his cries for peace fell on deaf ears, ignored even by his daughter Ruth, he abandoned his family and turned back to personal demons. After hijacking a train and murdering his hostages, Cole was killed by his adopted son, Joseph Black Moon.