Benjamin Edwards (Maryland)

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Edwards' home in Elkton
For other people named Benjamin Edwards, see Benjamin Edwards (disambiguation).

Benjamin Edwards (August 12, 1753 – November 13, 1829) was an American merchant and political leader from Montgomery County, Maryland. He represented the third district of Maryland for a very short time in the United States House of Representatives in 1795 after Uriah Forrest resigned.

Benjamin's son, Ninian Edwards, would later serve as Governor and U.S. Senator for Illinois.

Late in life, Edwards migrated westward to the new settlement of Elkton in Todd County, Kentucky. Here, he built a new house, named Edwards Hall, in 1821. The house remained in Edwards' family after his death; here his daughter Emily bore Edwards' grandson Benjamin Helm Bristow.[1] Still standing, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[2]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Uriah Forrest
U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 3rd District
1795
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Crabb