Continental Congressman. The youngest child of theologian Jonathan Edwards, he graduated from Princeton College (1768) and became a practicing attorney in New Haven, Connecticut in 1771. Following service in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War he began the first of five terms in the State House of Representatives (1777, 1784 to 1785, 1789 to 1790), the last two as speaker. Edwards was a Delegate to the Continental Congress from Connecticut from 1787 to 1788, and a member of the 1788 Connecticut Convention that ratified the US Constitution. From 1790 he was occupied with his New Haven law practice, later making his home in Bridgeport. President Thomas Jefferson nominated him for justice of Connecticut's US District Court in 1806 and he served on that bench until his death. He was a member of the State Convention that framed Connecticut's Constitution (1818). His son was Connecticut Governor Henry Waggaman Edwards.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards
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