John Edwards (Pennsylvania politician)

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John Edwards (1786 – June 26, 1843) was an Anti-Masonic and Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

John Edwards
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded bySee below
Succeeded byCharles Jared Ingersoll
Personal details
Born1786 (1786)
Ivy Mills, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 26, 1843(1843-06-26) (aged 56–57)
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Political partyAnti-Masonic


John Edwards (granduncle of John E. Leonard) was born in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1807 and commenced practice in Chester, Pennsylvania. He was deputy attorney general for Delaware County, Pennsylvania, in 1811. He moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1825 and shortly thereafter engaged in the manufacture of iron and later of nails near Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.

Edwards was elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-sixth Congress and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress. After his time in congress, he resumed his former manufacturing pursuits, and died on his estate near Glen Mills in 1843. Interment in the Friends’ (Hicksite) Cemetery of the Middletown Friends Meetinghouse in Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.[1]


  1. ^ "John Edwards". Retrieved August 7, 2020.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district


1839–1841 alongside: Francis James and Edward Davies
1841–1843 alongside: Jeremiah Brown and Francis James

Succeeded by