John Rufus Edie

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John R. Edie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Preceded byJohn McCulloch
Succeeded bySamuel Steel Blair
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1814-01-14)January 14, 1814
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 27, 1888(1888-08-27) (aged 74)
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Resting placeUnion Cemetery, Somerset
Political partyOpposition
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1861–1871
RankLieutenant colonel
Brevet Colonel
Unit15th U.S. Infantry Regiment
8th U.S. Infantry Regiment
CommandsRegular Brigade, XIV Corps
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

John Rufus Edie (January 14, 1814 – August 27, 1888) was an Opposition Party and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania and a United States Army officer in the American Civil War.

Early life[edit]

John Rufus Edie was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1814. He attended the public schools and then Emmitsburg College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He served as principal of the Gettysburg schools for several years. Edie studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Somerset, Pennsylvania. His son, John R. Edie Junior, was an 1861 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.[1]

Political activities[edit]

Edie served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1845 and 1846. He was appointed deputy attorney general in 1847 and served until 1850; afterwards serving as district attorney from 1850 to 1854.

He was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1858.

Civil War service[edit]

Edie was commissioned a major of the 15th Infantry Regiment on May 14, 1861; and commanded its field detachment that served in the western theater. He frequently served as commander of the Regular Brigade in the XIV Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 8th Infantry Regiment in September 1864 and brevetted colonel the same month. He served until January 1871, when he was honorably discharged. Colonel Edie then resumed the practice of law in Somerset and died there in 1888, being interred in the local Union Cemetery.



  • United States Congress. "John Rufus Edie (id: E000049)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-14
  • The Political Graveyard

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John McCulloch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel S. Blair