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Henry Waggaman EDWARDS

(1779-1847)
Senate Years of Service:
1823-1825; 1825-1827
Party:
Jackson Republican; Jacksonian

EDWARDS, Henry Waggaman, (son of Pierpont Edwards), a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in New Haven, Conn., in October 1779; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1797; studied law at the Litchfield Law School; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New Haven, Conn.; elected to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1823); appointed in 1823 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Elijah Boardman; subsequently elected and served from October 8, 1823, to March 3, 1827; member, State senate 1827-1829; member, State house of representatives 1830, and served as speaker; elected Governor of Connecticut in 1833; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834, but was again elected Governor in 1835, 1836, and 1837; resumed the practice of law; died in New Haven, Conn., on July 22, 1847; interment in Grove Street Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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