John W. Edmonds

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John Worth Edmonds
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Born(1799-03-13)March 13, 1799
Hudson, New York, United States
DiedApril 5, 1874(1874-04-05) (aged 75)
OccupationPhilanthropist, Children's Village co-founder[1]

John Worth Edmonds (March 13, 1799 – April 5, 1874) was an American lawyer and politician from New York, and co-founder of Children's Village with 23 others.[1]


He was the son of General Samuel Edmonds (1760–1825; assemblyman in 1803) and Lydia (Worth) Edmonds (1765–1841). He graduated from Union College in 1816. He was admitted to the bar in 1819, and commenced practice in Hudson. He married Sarah, and they had several children.

He was Recorder of the City of Hudson from 1827 to 1833. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Columbia Co.) in 1831.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (3rd D.) from 1832 to 1835, sitting in the 55th, 56th, 57th and 58th New York State Legislatures.

In 1837, he was appointed U.S. Commissioner upon the Disturbance at the Potawatamie Payment—which had occurred in September 1836—and submitted a Report (1837; 42 pages; on-line version) to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Carey A. Harris.

In 1841, he removed to New York City, and resumed the practice of law there. In 1843, he was appointed a State Prison Inspector.

Edmonds was one of the defense lawyers for Monroe Edwards, a famous forger. Edwards tried to pay Edmonds for his services with a forged check.[2]

He was Judge of the First Judicial District from 1845 to 1847, and a justice of the New York Supreme Court (1st D.) from 1847 to 1853.

In 1851 he became a Spiritualist, and published with Dr. George T. Dexter a work in two volumes on this belief:Spiritualism (Vol. I) (1853; on-line version) and Spiritualism (Vol. II) (1855; 542 pages; on-line version).

He died at his home at 71 Irving Place, in New York City, and was buried at the City Cemetery in Hudson.


  1. ^ a b "OUR CITY CHARITIES--NO. II.; The New-York Juvenile Asylum". New York Times. January 31, 1860. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Wilson, Robert Andrew (Fall 2008). "Sympathy for the Lawyer: A Source for "Bartleby" and Nineteenth-Century Prison Reform". ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews. 21 (4): 24–30. doi:10.3200/ANQQ.21.4.24-30. S2CID 159757459.


Legal offices
Preceded by New York State Circuit Courts
First District

Succeeded by
office abolished
Jurisdiction taken over by the justices of the New York Supreme Court (1st D.)
New York State Senate
Preceded by New York State Senate
Third District (Class 1)

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