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Charles Gordon Edwards

Charles Gordon Edwards (July 2, 1878 – July 13, 1931) was a U.S. political figure from the state of Georgia.

Charles Gordon Edwards
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1925 – July 13, 1931
Preceded byR. Lee Moore
Succeeded byHomer C. Parker
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byJames W. Overstreet
Succeeded byJames W. Overstreet
Personal details
Born(1878-07-02)July 2, 1878
Daisy, Georgia, United States
DiedJuly 13, 1931(1931-07-13) (aged 53)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Political partyDemocrat
ResidenceSavannah, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Alma materGordon Institute
Florida State College
University of Georgia
Professionlawyer, politician
Military service
Branch/serviceGeorgia National Guard
Years of service1900–1904

Early years and educationEdit

Edwards was born in Daisy, Georgia in 1878 and attended the Gordon Institute in Barnesville, Georgia and Florida State College in Lake City (now the University of Florida). He then studied law at the University of Georgia School of Law, was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in 1898, gained admission to the state bar and began the practice of law in Reidsville, Georgia.

After moving to Savannah, Georgia in 1900, Edwards joined the Savannah Volunteer Guards, Company B, Coast Artillery, and served as a sergeant in 1902 and 1903 and as a second lieutenant in the Oglethorpe Light Infantry of the First Georgia Regiment of Infantry in 1903 and 1904.

PoliticsEdit

In 1906, Edwards was elected to the 60th United States Congress as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and served four additional terms in that seat until declining to run for re-election in 1916.

Legal career and return to officeEdit

After his initial congressional service, Edwards returned to Savannah to practice law. He also served as president of the Savannah Board of Trade in 1919 and 1920, trustee of Southern Methodist College in McRae, Georgia, served on the Savannah Harbor Commission from 1920 until 1924 and was director of the Atlantic Deep Waterways Association.

Edwards returned to the U.S. Congress as a Representative in the 69th Congress and served three additional terms until his 1931 death from a heart attack in Atlanta, Georgia while still in office. He was buried in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Charles Gordon Edwards (id: E000062)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • History of the University of Georgia, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, ca. 1949, pp.1748-1749
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James W. Overstreet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1917
Succeeded by
James W. Overstreet
Preceded by
R. Lee Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1925 – July 13, 1931
Succeeded by
Homer C. Parker