Edwards, Clarence Ransom was born on January 1, 1860 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Son of William and Lucia (Ransom) Edwards.
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1883. Honorary Master of Arts, St. John’s College, Fordham, New York, 1893. Doctor of Laws, Fordham University, New York, 1909, Middlebury College, 1919, Trinity College, Connecticut, 1919, Boston College, 1923, University of Maine, 1923.
Second lieutenant 23d Infantry, June 13, 1883. Promoted through grades to brigadier general United States of America, June 30, 1906. Major general, August 5, 1917.
Assigned to staff of General Lawton as Adjunct -general, January 6, 1899, and served until General Lawton’s death, December 19, 1899. Chief of bureau of Insular Affairs, Washington, July 1, 1902. Transferred to line, May 12, 1912.
Later commanded 6th Brigade, 2d Division, Texas City, Texas, and 1st Hawaiian Brigade, Honolulu and Schofield Barracks, H.T. Commanded United States troops, Panama Canal Zone, 1915-1917. Commanded newly created Department of the Northeast (N.E. States), May-September 1917.
Organized 26th Division, United States of America, August 1917. Sailed to France, September 1917. Ten months’ front line duty.
Returned to the United States, November 1918. Commanding Northeastern Department, December 1918-1920. Assigned to 1st Division September 1, 1920.
Promoted major general, March 5, 1921. Assigned to commanded 1st Corps Area, headquarters, Army Base, Boston, Massachusetts, July 1, 1921. Retired November 1, 1922.
Home: Westwood, Mass.
Married Bessie Rochester Porter, June 11, 1889 (died 1929).