Benjamin Edwards (Maryland)

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Edwards' home in Elkton

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]


  1. ^ Boone, George Street. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Edwards Hall. National Park Service, 1973-07-10, 3.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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