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Clarence Ransom Edwards (January 1, 1859 – February 14, 1931) was an American general, known as the first Chief of the Bureau of Insular Affairs, and for commanding the 26th Division in World War I.

He was born in Ohio and accepted an appointment to West Point where, in 1883, he graduated last in his class. He was commander of the Guard for President Garfields tomb at Fort Porter and while there got married. He fought in the Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War and World War I. While commanding the 26th Infantry Division in World War I he was disliked by his superiors and was relieved of his command by General Pershing for allowing his troops to fraternize with the enemy. He returned to the United States and was assigned to various posts until he retired from the Army after 40 years service in 1922.

After retirement he worked as the president of the grocery business his dad started. He died in 1931, after his daughter and wife and all three are buried together at Arlington National Cemetery.