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John EDWARDS

(1786-1843)

EDWARDS, John, (granduncle of John Edwards Leonard), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Ivy Mills, Delaware County, Pa., in 1786; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1807 and commenced practice in Chester, Delaware County, Pa.; deputy attorney general for Delaware County in 1811; moved to West Chester in 1825 and shortly thereafter engaged in the manufacture of iron and later of nails near Glen Mills, Delaware County; elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-sixth Congress and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); resumed his former manufacturing pursuits; died on his estate near Glen Mills June 26, 1843; interment in the Friends’ (Hicksite) Cemetery of the Middletown Meeting House, Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pa.

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

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