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Benjamin Elisha Edwards

Full Name: Benjamin Elisha Edwards
Birth date: August 5, 1825
Death date: October 18, 1858

Terms of Service

  • House, 5th (1) Legislature
    11/7/1853 - 11/5/1855
(1) Ben E. Edwards listed as candidate for Representative for Bexar County, "Candidates for the Legislature," Texas State Gazette, 6/11/1853, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, Ben. E. Edwards, age 29 (born circa 1824), native state Kentucky, emigrated from Illinois in 1845, lawyer, postoffice San Antonio, Bexar County. House Journal .

Other Resources

  • Benjamin Elisha Edwards, born 8/5/1825 in Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, died 10/18/1858, burial in Bellefontaine, Saint Louis, Missouri. Ancestry.com .
  • Census of 1850 - Benjamin Edwards, San Antonio, Bexar County, age 24, born circa 1826 in Kentucky, attorney at law.
    Benjamin E. Edwards, tax assessment in Bexar County, 1853. FamilySearch . 1850 Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1837-1910
  • Biographical sketch of Benjamin Elisha Edwards' son Frank Mudge Edwards, "Frank Edwards to Observe 100 Birthday Anniversary Next Week . . . ," 8/11/1955, pp. 1, 3. "Ben Edwards, a young lawyer, had come to San Antonio from Kentucky in 1846 shortly before Texas entered the Union. He was active politically in the new State and, with Samuel Maverick and John Crawford, represented his District in the State Legislature in 1853." Kerrville Mountain Sun .
  • Biographical sketch of Benjamin Elisha Edwards' son Frank Mudge Edwards, "Edwards' Life a Lesson in Accomplishment," West Kerr Current, West Kerr Current Family Chronicles, Our Families: The Way We Were, Volume 1, 2006, p. 26, crediting Kerr County Historical Commission. "The next generation was Benjamin Elisha Edwards (1825-1858), who was born in Kentucky, and came to San Antonio in 1846 as Texas was preparing to enter the Union. He was an attorney and politically active as a Representative for Bexar County," married Susan Hinckley Mudge in New Orleans, children Nell, Frank, and Willis G. Edwards. The family moved to Illinois after Willis' birth in 1857. Ben Edwards died in 1858 of "milk poisoning." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .

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