- George F. Edmunds
name=George Franklin Edmunds
jr/sr=United States Senator
April 3, 1866– November 1, 1891
date of birth=
February 1, 1828
place of birth=
Richmond, Vermont, USA
date of death=
February 27, 1919
place of death=
Pasadena, California, USA
spouse=Susan Marsh Edmunds
Richmond, Vermont, Edmunds attended common schools and was privately tutored as a child. After being admitted to the bar in 1849, he started a law practice in Burlington, Vermont. He became active in politics when he was elected to the Vermont House of Representativeswhich he served as a member of from 1854 to 1859, also serving as Speaker of the House for three of those years. He then moved on to the Vermont Senateof which he served as President pro tempore from 1861 to 1862.
After the death of U.S. Senator
Solomon Footin March 1866, Edmunds was appointed to take his place starting in April, a seat in which he would remain in until November 1891, being reelected in 1868, 1874, 1880 and 1886. In the Senate, he took an active part in the attempt to impeachPresident Andrew Johnsonin 1868. He was influential in providing for the electoralcommission to decide the disputed presidential election of 1876 and served as one of the commissioners, voting for Republicans Rutherford B. Hayesand William A. Wheeler. At the Republican National Conventions of 1880 and 1884, he was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He was conspicuous on account of his legal and parliamentary attainments, his industry and his liberal opinions. He was the author of the Edmunds Actfor the suppression of polygamyin Utahand of the Sherman Antitrust Actof 1890 to limit monopolies in the United States. Edmunds served as President pro tempore of the Senate from 1883 to 1885, was chairman of the Republican Conference of the Senate from 1885 to 1891, chairman of the Senate Committee on Pensions from 1869 to 1873, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary from 1872 to 1879 and again from 1881 to 1891, chairman of the Senate Committee on Private Land Claims from 1879 to 1881 and chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 1881.
Edmunds resigned from the Senate in 1891 in order to focus on his law practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He later retired to
Pasadena, Californiawhere he died on February 27, 1919. He was buried in Green Mount Cemetery in Burlington, Vermontwith his wife, Susan Marsh, who died in 1916. George F. Edmunds Middle School, one of two middle schools in Burlington, was named in his honor. Despite the spelling, the town of Edmonds, Washingtonwas named for him.
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