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George Washington EDMONDS

(1864-1939)

EDMONDS, George Washington, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa., February 22, 1864; attended the public schools and Central High School; was graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1887 and practiced pharmacy for several years; engaged in the coal business; member of the common council of Philadelphia 1896-1902; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1925); chairman, Committee on Claims (Sixty-sixth through Sixty-eighth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1924; engaged in the wholesale coal and lumber business; elected manager of the Port of Philadelphia Ocean Traffic Bureau in September 1927 and served until 1933; again elected to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress; resumed the wholesale coal business in Philadelphia, Pa.; died in Philadelphia on September 28, 1939; interment in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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