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Pierpont Edwards

Pierpont Edwards, American jurist. member lower house Connecticut Legislature, 1777, 84-85, 87-90, speaker, 1787-1790; member Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1787-1788; member Connecticut Convention to ratify United States Constitution.

Background

  • Edwards, Pierpont was born on April 8, 1750 in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Jonathan and Sarah (Pierpont) Edwards.

  • Education

    • Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1768.

    Career

    • Began law practice, New Haven, Connecticut, 1771. Member lower house Connecticut Legislature, 1777, 84-85, 87-90, speaker, 1787-1790. Member Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1787-1788.

      Member Connecticut Convention to ratify United States Constitution. Leader of Jefferson Republicans in Connecticut. Judge The United States of America District Court Connecticut, 1806-1826.

      Attempted to prosecute libel cases against certain newspapers in a grand jury charge, overturned by Supreme Court of the United States Court in case United States vs Hudson & Goodwin, 1812. Leader of Connecticut Constitutional Convention which drew up a new constitution including disestablishment of church and state, 1818.

    Membership

    Member lower house Connecticut Legislature, 1777, 84-85, 87-90, speaker, 1787-1790. Member Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1787-1788. Member Connecticut Convention to ratify United States Constitution.

    Connections

    • Married Frances Ogden, May, 1769. Married second, Mary Tucker.
    • father: Jonathan Edwards
    • mother: Sarah (Pierpont) Edwards
    • spouses: Frances Ogden
    • Mary Tucker.
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    Died April 5, 1826
    (aged 75)
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