Cunningham, Edwin W. was born on August 31, 1842 in Clarksfield Tp., Ohio, United States. Son of Hiram W. and Eunice Cunningham.
Early education in district schools, 1848-1859. Working on farm when big enough, and going to school in winter. Later taught in district schools.
Graduate Hillsdale College, Michigan, 1866, A.M., same, 1872. Studied law with brother, J. O. Cunningham, Urbana, Illinois. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1869.
Entered private Company D, 101st Ohio infantry, July, 1862. Later hospital steward, United States of America, till January 1864. Superintendent public schools, Milan, O., 1867-1868, Urbana, Illinois, 1868-1869.
Settled in practice at Emporia, Kansas, July, 1869. Probate judge, Lyon Company, Kansas, 1872-1878. Justice Supreme Court, Kansas, since January, 1901.
Married Clarksfield, O., March 12, 1867, Debbie A. Rowland.