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John Cummins EDWARDS

(1804-1888)

EDWARDS, John Cummins, a Representative from Missouri; born in Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., June 24, 1804; completed preparatory studies and was graduated from Black’s College, Kentucky; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and practiced in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and later in Jefferson City, Mo.; secretary of state of Missouri 1830-1835 and in 1837; district judge of Cole County, Mo., 1832-1837; member of the State house of representatives in 1836; judge of the State supreme court 1837-1839; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); did not seek renomination, having become a candidate for the gubernatorial office; Governor of Missouri 1844-1848; moved to Stockton, Calif., in 1849 and continued the practice of his profession; mayor of Stockton in 1851; engaged in cattle raising, mercantile pursuits, and the real-estate business; died in Stockton, Calif., October 14, 1888; interment in the Rural Cemetery.

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

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