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Edward Theodore England (September 29, 1869 – September 9, 1934) was a lawyer and politician from West Virginia. He served in the West Virginia Senate, as Attorney General of West Virginia, and as a member of the United States House of Representatives.[1][2]

Edward T. England
Edward T. England, West Virginia Congressman.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1927 – March 4, 1929
Preceded byJ. Alfred Taylor
Succeeded byJoe L. Smith
Attorney General of West Virginia
In office
GovernorJohn J. Cornwell
Ephraim F. Morgan
Preceded byA. A. Lilly
Succeeded byHoward B. Lee
President of the West Virginia Senate
In office
Preceded bySamuel V. Woods
Succeeded byWells Goodykoontz
Personal details
Edward Theodore England

(1869-09-29)September 29, 1869
Gay, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedSeptember 9, 1934(1934-09-09) (aged 64)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Early and family lifeEdit

England was born in Gay, West Virginia on September 29, 1869 to the former Mary Welch and her husband Andrew J.S. England. He attended the local schools, and in 1892 graduated from Concord Normal School in Athens, West Virginia. After teaching school for several years, and then England attended law school at Southern Normal University in Huntingdon, Tennessee. he graduated in 1898.


After being admitted to the bar in 1898, England began his legal practice in Oceana, West Virginia. In 1901 England moved to Logan, West Virginia (the county seat of Logan County, West Virginia), where he continued to practice law. In 1903 voters elected England as mayor of Logan. In 1908 he won election to the West Virginia Senate, serving from 1908 to 1916, and including as Senate President in 1915. Because West Virginia has no Lieutenant Governor, the Senate President is next in line to the governorship. As a result, England attended the first meeting of all the lieutenant governors in the United States in 1915. When they convened at Rhea Springs, Tennessee, England was chosen to preside.

In 1916, England won a statewide election and became Attorney General of West Virginia, serving from 1917 to 1925. In 1923 he was elected president of the Attorney Generals' Association of the United States. In 1924 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor.

In 1926 England was elected to the Seventieth Congress (March 4, 1927 – March 3, 1929). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928.

After leaving Congress England resumed the practice of law in Charleston, West Virginia.

Death and legacyEdit

England died in Cleveland, Ohio on September 9, 1934, and was interred at Sunset Memorial Park in Charleston.


  1. ^
    • United States Congress. "Edward T. England (id: E000180)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Jackson County Past and Present(Jackson County Historical Society 1990) p. 7
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel V. Woods
President of the West Virginia Senate
Succeeded by
Wells Goodykoontz
Legal offices
Preceded by
A. A. Lilly
Attorney General of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Howard B. Lee
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Alfred Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joe L. Smith