Pierpont Edwards

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Pierpont Edwards
Pierpont Edwards.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
In office
February 24, 1806 – April 5, 1826
Appointed byThomas Jefferson
Preceded byRichard Law
Succeeded byWilliam Bristol
Personal details
Born
Pierpont Edwards

(1750-04-08)April 8, 1750
Northampton,
Province of Massachusetts Bay,
British America
DiedApril 5, 1826(1826-04-05) (aged 75)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Resting placeGrove Street Cemetery
New Haven, Connecticut
ChildrenHenry W. Edwards
FatherJonathan Edwards
EducationPrinceton University

Pierpont Edwards (April 8, 1750 – April 5, 1826) was a delegate to the Congress of the Confederation and was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Education and career[edit]

Born on April 8, 1750, in Northampton, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America,[1] Edwards graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1768,[1] he entered private practice in New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British America (State of Connecticut, United States from July 4, 1776) starting in 1771.[1] He served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War,[1] he was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1777, from 1784 to 1785, and from 1787 to 1790,[1] serving as Speaker during his last two years.[2] He was a delegate to the Congress of the Confederation (Continental Congress) from 1787 to 1788,[1] he was a member of the Connecticut convention to ratify the United States Constitution in 1788.[2] He resumed private practice in New Haven from 1790 to 1806.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Edwards was nominated by President Thomas Jefferson on February 21, 1806, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut vacated by Judge Richard Law,[1] he was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 24, 1806, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on April 5, 1826, due to his death in Bridgeport, Connecticut,[1] he was interred at Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven.[2][3]

Other service[edit]

Edwards was a member of the constitutional convention which framed Connecticut's constitution of 1818.[2]

Honor[edit]

Pierpont Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio is named for him.[4]

Family[edit]

Edwards was the youngest child of theologian Jonathan Edwards,[3] his son was Governor of Connecticut Henry W. Edwards.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Pierpont Edwards at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d United States Congress. "Pierpont Edwards (id: E000079)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ a b c Pierpont Edwards at Find a Grave
  4. ^ Ashtabula County, Ohio Ashtabula County, 2007. Accessed 2007-05-28.[permanent dead link]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Law
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
1806–1826
Succeeded by
William Bristol