Alanson W. Edwards Edit Profile
Educated McKendree College, 1856-1859, scientific course.
Enlisted in 122d Illinois Infantry, 1862, as private. Served to end of war. Was with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea, and from Savannah, Georgia, to Washington, at final review.
Became captain 1st Alabama Union Cavalry with Kilpatrick. Mustered out as captain and a. a. general with Corse at end of war, 4th division, 15th corps. Bvtd. major After war in newspaper work with Carlinville (Illinois) Democrat, and Chicago Evening Post.
In 1878 founded Fargo (N. Dak.) Daily Argus, and became editor of that paper and its successor, the present Fargo Forum. President Forum Printing Company Was warden Illinois Penitentiary, 1870-1873. Director Dak. (territorial) Penitentiary and Chairman of the Board.
The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.
Married Elizabeth Robertson, June, 1869.