Paul C. Edmunds

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Paul Carrington Edmunds)
Jump to: navigation, search
"Paul Edmunds" redirects here. For the footballer, see Paul Edmunds (footballer).
Paul C. Edmunds
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
Preceded by Samuel I. Hopkins
Succeeded by Peter J. Otey
Member of the Virginia Senate from Halifax County
In office
Preceded by J.B. Stovall, Jr.
Succeeded by William I. Jordan
Personal details
Born (1836-11-01)November 1, 1836
Halifax Court House, Virginia
Died January 15, 1914(1914-01-15) (aged 70)
Houston, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession Politician, lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate Army
Rank first lieutenant
Battles/wars American Civil War

Paul Carrington Edmunds (November 1, 1836 – March 12, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born at "Springwood," the country estate, near Halifax Court House, Virginia, Edmunds studied under a private teacher. He was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1855, and from the law department of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1857. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Jefferson City, Missouri. He returned to Virginia in 1859 and engaged in agricultural pursuits on his farm in Halifax County. He served as first lieutenant, Company A, Montague's battalion, in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He served as member of the Virginia State senate 1881-1888. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884.

Edmunds was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1894. He died in Houston, Virginia, March 12, 1899. He was interred in St. John's Churchyard, Halifax, Virginia.


  • 1888; Edmunds was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 55.6% of the vote, defeating Republican Patrick H. Caull and Independent Democrat Samuel T. Hopkins.
  • 1890; Edmunds was re-elected with 92.8% of the vote, defeating Republican William J. Shelburne.
  • 1892; Edmunds was re-elected with 58.42% of the vote, defeating Populist Thomas E. Cobbs.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel I. Hopkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Peter J. Otey