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Henry Alonzo EDMUNDSON

(1814-1890)

EDMUNDSON, Henry Alonzo, a Representative from Virginia; born in Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Va., June 14, 1814; attended private schools, and was graduated from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Salem, Va.; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Thirty-third Congress); served in the Confederate Army as lieutenant colonel of the Fifty-fourth Virginia Regiment until 1862, when he was assigned to the command of the Twenty-seventh Virginia Cavalry; at the close of hostilities he resumed the practice of law, and subsequently, in 1880, engaged in agricultural pursuits; died at his home, “Falling Waters,” Shawsville, Montgomery County, Va., December 16, 1890; interment in Fotheringay Cemetery, Montgomery County, Va.

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

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