Charles Gordon Edwards

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Charles Gordon Edwards
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In office
March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1933
Preceded by James W. Overstreet
Personal details
Born (1878-07-02)July 2, 1878
Daisy, Georgia, United States
Died July 13, 1931(1931-07-13)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Political party Democrat
Residence Savannah, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Alma mater Gordon Institute
Florida State College
University of Georgia
Profession lawyer, politician
Military service
Service/branch Georgia National Guard
Years of service 1900–1904

Charles Gordon Edwards (July 2, 1878 – July 13, 1931) was a U.S. political figure from the state of Georgia.

Edwards was born in Daisy, Georgia in 1878 and attended the Gordon Institute in Barnesville, Georgia and Florida State College in Lake City (now the University of Florida). He then studied law at the University of Georgia School of Law, was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in 1898, gained admission to the state bar and began the practice of law in Reidsville, Georgia.

After moving to Savannah, Georgia in 1900, Edwards joined the Savannah Volunteer Guards, Company B, Coast Artillery, and served as a sergeant in 1902 and 1903 and as a second lieutenant in the Oglethorpe Light Infantry of the First Georgia Regiment of Infantry in 1903 and 1904.

In 1906, Edwards was elected to the 60th United States Congress as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and served four additional terms in that seat until declining to run for re-election in 1916.

After his initial congressional service, Edwards returned to Savannah to practice law. He also served as president of the Savannah Board of Trade in 1919 and 1920, trustee of Southern Methodist College in McRae, Georgia, served on the Savannah Harbor Commission from 1920 until 1924 and was director of the Atlantic Deep Waterways Association.

Edwards returned to the U.S. Congress as a Representative in the 69th Congress and served three additional terms until his 1931 death from a heart attack in Atlanta, Georgia while still in office. He was buried in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James W. Overstreet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1907 - March 3, 1917
Succeeded by
James W. Overstreet
Preceded by
R. Lee Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1925 - July 13, 1931
Succeeded by
Homer C. Parker

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