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Jack Edwards (American politician)

William Jackson "Jack" Edwards (born September 20, 1928) is a former U.S. Republican politician, who represented Alabama in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 until 1985.

William Jackson "Jack" Edwards
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1985
Preceded byFrank W. Boykin
Succeeded bySonny Callahan
Personal details
Born (1928-09-20) September 20, 1928 (age 90)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political partyRepublican
ResidencePoint Clear, Alabama

Edwards was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but eventually moved to Point Clear, a suburb of Mobile and opened a law practice there. His great-great grandfather, William F. Aldrich, had been the last Republican congressman from the state, serving (with a few months' break) from 1896 to 1901.

Edwards was first elected to Congress in 1964, one of five Republicans elected to the House from Alabama amid Barry Goldwater's sweep of the state in that year's presidential election. He represented the state's 1st District, based in Mobile. The seat had been left vacant when 28-year incumbent Frank Boykin was the state's only congressman not returned in the 1962 at-large election. He defeated Democrat John Tyson, Sr. by nineteen points. He was reelected nine times. Edwards did not seek reelection in 1984. He was succeeded by State Senator Sonny Callahan, a Democrat who turned Republican after Edwards promised him his endorsement. Edwards resumed his law practice, and was co-chairman of the 1988 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Jack Edwards (id: E000084)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank W. Boykin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Sonny Callahan