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Pierpont Edwards

jurist

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.