Ed Edmondson (politician)

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Edmond Augustus Edmondson
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by William G. Stigler
Succeeded by Clem McSpadden
Personal details
Born (1919-04-07)April 7, 1919
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Died December 8, 1990(1990-12-08) (aged 71)
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) June Edmondson
Children James E. Edmondson
Drew Edmondson
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Georgetown University Law Center
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1943–46 (Navy)
1946-70 (Navy Reserve)

Edmond "Ed" Augustus Edmondson (April 7, 1919 – December 8, 1990) was a U.S. politician from Oklahoma.

Early life[edit]

He was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he attended public school before going on to attend Muskogee Junior College.[1] Upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma in 1940, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serving as a special agent until 1943.[2] From 1943 to 1946, he served in the United States Navy and continued in the reserves until 1970. He earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1947.[3]

Political career[edit]

He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 to 1973.[4] In 1972, he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, but narrowly lost the general election to former Governor Dewey F. Bartlett. In 1974, he ran for the state's other U.S. Senate seat, losing to incumbent Henry Bellmon by less than 1 percent of the vote. In 1978, he made a surprise late entry in the 1978 U.S. Senate race, losing the Democratic primary runoff to popular Governor David L. Boren by a wide margin.


He and his wife June had five children, including their sons, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice James E. Edmondson, and former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. His brother was J. Howard Edmondson, a former Governor of Oklahoma and U.S. Senator. He died in Muskogee, Oklahoma on December 8, 1990. In 2003 the federal courthouse in Muskogee was renamed the Ed Edmondson United States Courthouse in his honor.[5]


  1. ^ Kosmerick, Todd J. "Edmondson, Edmond Augustus (1919-1990)." Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. Retrieved 10-12-09
  2. ^ Kosmerick, Todd J. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. Retrieved 10-12-09
  3. ^ Kosmerick, Todd J. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. Retrieved 10-12-09
  4. ^ Kosmerick, Todd J. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. Retrieved 10-12-09
  5. ^ "Statement on H.R. 1668." The White House (news release). September 17, 2003. Retrieved 10-12-09

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William G. Stigler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1973
Succeeded by
Clem McSpadden