Edmunds, George F.

Prominent Vermont US Senator 1866-91, sponsored law to end polygamy in Utah

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(1828-1919) Vermont US Senator (R) 1866-91. State legislator 1854-66, after the March 1866 death of Sen. Solomon Foot, he was appointed to take his place in April, a seat he retained until Nov. 1891. He was active in the attempt to impeach President Andrew Johnson in 1868, influential in providing for the electoral commission to decide the disputed 1876 presidential election, and was a commissioner, voting for Republicans Hayes & Wheeler. At the 1880 and 1884 Republican Conventions, he was a candidate for the presidential nomination. He authored the Edmunds Act for the suppression of polygamy in Utah and of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 to limit monopolies. He was Senate President pro tempore 1883-85, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference 1885-91, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee 1872-79 & 1881-91, and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1881. Edmunds was called "the lion of the law of the Senate”. Even during Congressional sessions, he carried on a lucrative law practice and continued to hold retainers from railroad corporations even while railroad legislation was under consideration. Estimates in the 1880s put his wealth at above $200,000. His real specialty was in constitutional law, and he was the Senate's master of technical language. He was a fierce opponent in debate and delighted in goading southern senators into blurting out statements that embarrassed the Democratic Party. Civil service reformers ranked Edmunds as one of their own. In 1884, Republicans looking for a clean man to put up against President Arthur and former Senator James G. Blaine, hoped to build a groundswell for the Vermont senator. Revelations about Edmunds' questionable railroad dealings made him a less available choice. He resigned from the Senate in 1891 to start a law practice in Philadelphia. He returned to Washington to argue before the Supreme Court. Mount Rainier's Edmunds Glacier and, despite the spelling, the town of Edmonds, Washington is named for him. Signed 1 ½ x 5 ¼ fragment of an autogrpah album page, adds “Vt” under signature, likely while US Senator.

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