- Ed Edmondson (U.S. politician)
Edmond "Ed" Augustus Edmondson (
April 7, 1919- December 8, 1990), was a U.S. politician from Oklahoma.
He was born and raised in
Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he attended the public schools, including Muskogee High Schoolbefore going on to attend Muskogee Junior College. Upon graduation from the University of Oklahomain 1940, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serving as a special agent until 1943. From 1943 to 1946, he served in the United States Navy, and continued in the reserves until 1970. He earned a law degree from Georgetown Universityin 1947.
He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 to 1973. In 1972, he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, but narrowly lost the general election to former Governor
Dewey F. Bartlett. In 1974, he ran for the state's other U.S. Senate seat, losing to incumbent Henry Bellmonby 49.4% to 48.9%. In 1978, he made his third and final bid for the U.S. Senate, losing the Democratic primary to popular Governor David L. Borenby a wide margin. After his last bid for the U.S. Senate, he refused to run for any office: he even rejected a nomination to run for an office in his own church. Fact|date=February 2007
He and his wife June had five children, including their sons, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
James E. Edmondson, and Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. His brother was J. Howard Edmondson, a former Governor of Oklahomaand U.S. Senator. He died in Muskogee, Oklahoma on December 8, 1990. In 2003 the local courthouse was renamed the Ed Edmondson United States Courthouse in his honour [ [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/09/20030917-8.html White House news release] ] .
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