Edward Waterman Waterman Townsend Edit Profile
Townsend was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 10, 1855, and attended private and public schools in that city.
He went to San Francisco, California in 1875 and engaged in newspaper and literary work. He moved to New York City in 1893 and continued his reportorial and literary pursuits. In 1900, he became a resident of Montclair, New Jersey.
He was an author of novels, plays, short stories, as well as a textbook on the United States Constitution. His most popular fictional writings were his "Chimmie Fadden" Bowery boy stories. Townsend was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses, serving in office from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1915, but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress.
After leaving Congress, he served as postmaster of Montclair from 1915 to 1923. He died in New York City on March 15, 1942, and was interred in Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica, New York.
Townsend moved to New York City in 1924 and resumed newspaper and literary pursuits, and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
Married Annie Lake, April.