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James M. Edmunds

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James M Edmunds August 23, 1810 – December 14, 1879 was a politician from the US state of Michigan

Biographyedit

Edmunds was born in Niagara County, New York, received a common school and academic education and taught school from 1826 to 18311

In 1831, he moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he became a merchant He took an interest in the schools there and for ten years was an inspector of schools, also holding a number of other local positions He was elected as a Whig to the Michigan Senate from Washtenaw County 5th district 1840-41 and later to the Michigan House of Representatives 1846-47 In 1847, he was a Whig candidate for Governor of Michigan, losing to Epaphroditus Ransom Edmunds was also a delegate to the constitutional convention of 1850 and member 18511

In 1853 he moved to Detroit, engaged in the lumber business, extending his operations to Saginaw and Tuscola counties In 1854, he became a Republican and chaired the Michigan Republican Party from 1855 to 1861 He was also Comptroller of Detroit during most of those years from 1857 to 1861 In 1859 he was appointed postmaster of Washington, DC, and held that position until his death1

In 1861, Edmunds resigned as comptroller when he was appointed by US President Abraham Lincoln, commissioner of the General Land Office of Washington, and held it until 1866 Edmunds was a member of the Southern Treaty Commission that renegotiated treaties with the Indian Tribes siding with the Confederacy After resigning from the land office, he became postmaster of the Senate which he resigned in 1869 He was also president of the Michigan Soldiers’ Relief Association in Washington, DC from its organization in 1861 He was also president of the National Council of the Union League from 1862 to 1869 and for a number of years published The Republic, a Washington magazine

Edmunds died at the age of sixty-nine

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c "Death of James M Edmunds", The New York Times, December 14, 1879

Sourcesedit

  • Political Graveyard
  • Bingham, Stephen D 2005 1888 "sv James M Edmunds" Early history of Michigan, with biographies of state officers, members of Congress, judges and legislators Pub pursuant to act 59, 1887 Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Library p 246 Retrieved 2007-04-30 
  • Lanman, Charles 2005 1871 "Biographical History of Michigan" The red book of Michigan; a civil, military and biographical history Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Library p 437 Retrieved 2007-04-30 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Warren
Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party
1855 – 1861
Succeeded by
EC Walker
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph S Wilson
Commissioner of the General Land Office
1861–1866
Succeeded by
Joseph S Wilson

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