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Henry W. Edwards

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Henry Waggaman Edwards
27th Governor of Connecticut
In office
May 1, 1833 – May 7, 1834
LieutenantEbenezer Stoddard
Preceded byJohn S. Peters
Succeeded bySamuel A. Foot
In office
May 6, 1835 – May 2, 1838
LieutenantEbenezer Stoddard
Preceded bySamuel A. Foot
Succeeded byWilliam W. Ellsworth
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
October 8, 1823 – March 4, 1827
Preceded byElijah Boardman
Succeeded bySamuel A. Foot
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1819 – October 8, 1823
Preceded bySylvester Gilbert
Succeeded byNoyes Barber
Member of the Connecticut Senate
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 1779 (1779-10)
New Haven, Connecticut
DiedJuly 22, 1847(1847-07-22) (aged 67)
New Haven, Connecticut
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lydia Miller
Alma materPrinceton, Litchfield Law School
Professionlawyer, politician

Henry Waggaman Edwards (October 1779 – July 22, 1847) was an American lawyer, a Democrat, and the 27th and 29th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut.


Edwards was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Pierpont Edwards and Frances Ogden. He graduated from Princeton University in 1797, and earned a law degree from the Litchfield Law School. He married Lydia Miller on October 4, 1801,[1] and they had seven children.


Edwards became a lawyer, was active in Democratic politics, and was the United States Representative from Connecticut at-large from 1819 to 1823. He was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Elijah Boardman as a United States Senator and served from Connecticut from 1823 to 1827.[2] He served as a member of Connecticut Senate at-large from 1828 to 1829. member of Connecticut state house of representatives from New Haven, in 1830, and the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1830.[3] He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1832, but was deprived of the office by a divided Assembly.[4]

Elected in 1833, Edwards served as Governor of Connecticut from May 1, 1833 to May 7, 1834. Unsuccessful in his bid for the office in 1834, he was returned to office in 1835 and re-elected two more times, serving again from May 6, 1835 to May 2, 1838. During his tenure, a discriminatory education law was enacted, the railroad expanded, and the state funded a geological survey in 1835. When he did not win the Democratic party's nomination in 1838, he retired from public service.[5]


Edwards died in New Haven, Connecticut, and is interred at Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut.


  1. ^ "Henry W. Edwards". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Henry W. Edwards". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Henry W. Edwards". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Henry W. Edwards". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "Henry W. Edwards". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 29, 2012.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Calvin Willey
Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut
1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1837
Succeeded by
Seth P. Beers
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sylvester Gilbert
U.S. Representative from Connecticut
(at large)

March 4, 1819 – October 8, 1823
Succeeded by
Noyes Barber
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Elijah Boardman
U.S. Senator from Connecticut
(class 1)

October 8, 1823 – March 4, 1827
Succeeded by
Samuel A. Foot
Political offices
Preceded by
John S. Peters
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Samuel A. Foot
Preceded by
Samuel A. Foot
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
William W. Ellsworth
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