EDWARDS, Pierpont, (1750 - 1826)


EDWARDS, Pierpont, (father of Henry Waggaman Edwards), a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Northampton, Mass., April 8, 1750; was graduated from Princeton College in 1768; studied law; was admitted to the bar and began practice in New Haven, Conn., in 1771; served in the Revolutionary Army; Member of the Continental Congress in 1788; member of the State house of representatives in 1789 and 1790 and served as speaker; appointed United States district judge for the district of Connecticut in 1806; member of the ratification convention in 1788 and of the constitutional convention which framed the constitution of Connecticut in 1818; died in Bridgeport, Conn., April 5, 1826; interment in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Conn.