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EDWARDS, Samuel, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Chester Township, Delaware County, Pa., March 12, 1785; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1806 and commenced practice in Chester; served in the War of 1812; member of the State house of representatives 1814-1816; elected as Federalist to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses; elected as a Jackson Federalist to the Eighteenth Congress; and reelected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1827); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Navy (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses); resumed the practice of his profession in Chester; inspector of customs 1838-1842; died in Chester, Pa., November 21, 1850; interment in Chester Rural Cemetery.

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

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