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EDMOND, William

1755–1838

Biography

EDMOND, William, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Woodbury, Conn., September 28, 1755; attended the common schools and was graduated from Yale College in 1778; served in the Revolutionary Army; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1780 and commenced practice in Newtown, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives 1791-1797, 1801, and 1802; served in the State senate 1797-1799; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Davenport; reelected to the Sixth Congress and served from November 13, 1797, to March 3, 1801; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1800; resumed the practice of law in Newtown; associate judge of the State supreme court 1805-1819; retired to private life and continued the practice of law; died in Newtown, Fairfield County, Conn., on August 1, 1838; interment in Newtown Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: 1773-1893, 2.5 linear feet. Primarily letters written by William Edmond, mostly to his wife and brother, while he was serving in Congress from 1797-1801. A graduate of Yale, Edmond was a lawyer in Newtown, Connecticut. His letters describe strained relations with France, the defeat of Bonaparte, a duel, the theater, and a presidential ball. He also gives ample advice to his wife on her spiritual and physical health. His papers also contain legal notes from cases he took, deeds, a journal page written while in Congress, and a statement of his injury in the Revolutionary War. Family papers include deeds for land in Newtown bought and sold by John Chandler, Edmond's father-in-law, and correspondence, receipts, notes on births, marriages and deaths, and assorted documents relating to the Booth and Curtis families, his daughter and granddaughter respectively. Some of the collection is online: http://digitalarchive.oclc.org/request?id%3Doclcnum%3A75183517. Only portions of this collection have been digitized. Please visit the library to view the entire collection.
Papers: 1794-1806, 1 volume. Letters from William Edmond, Newtown, Conn., to his daughter Polly at Miss Patten's school in Hartford, Conn., giving family news and admonishing her. Defines characteristics of a girl, a woman and a slut. Mentions Mr. Griffith's dancing school on July 15, 1797.
Papers: In the Ann Edmond Friendship Album, 1817-1841, 1 volume. The album includes thirteen pages of poems written by Ann Edmond's father, William Edmond.

Trinity College
Watkinson Library

Hartford, CT
Papers: 1794-1806. 200 pages. Transcript of correspondence with his daughter.
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