Thomas M. Edwards

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Thomas M. Edwards
Edwards, Thomas M. of Keene NH.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 4, 1863
Preceded by Nehemiah Eastman
Succeeded by Jacob Hart Ela
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1795-12-16)December 16, 1795
Keene, Cheshire County
New Hampshire, USA
Died May 1, 1875(1875-05-01) (aged 79)
Keene, Cheshire County
New Hampshire, USA
Resting place Woodland Cemetery
Keene, Cheshire County
New Hampshire, USA
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Occupation Lawyer
Railroad President
Bank President
Insurance President

Thomas McKey Edwards (December 16, 1795 – May 1, 1875) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Born in Keene, New Hampshire, Edwards was tutored privately. He was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, in 1813. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1817, commencing practice in Keene, New Hampshire.


Edwards served as Postmaster of Keene from June 30, 1818, to July 23, 1829. He was in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1834, 1836, 1838, and 1839. In 1845, he abandoned his law practice and superintended the construction of the [Cheshire Railroad, serving as its first president. He served as president of the Ashuelot National Bank from 1853 until elected to Congress in 1859, when he resigned. In 1869 he was again chosen, and held the office until his death in 1875.[1] He was also president of the Ashuelot Mutual Fire Insurance Company.[2]

In 1859 Edwards was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth[3] and Thirty-seventh Congresses and served as United States Representative for the 3rd congressional district of the state of New Hampshire (March 4, 1859 – March 4, 1863). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress. He resumed his former business pursuits in Keene.


Edwards died in Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, on May 1, 1875 (age 79 years, 136 days). He is interred at Woodland Cemetery, Keene, New Hampshire.


  1. ^ "Thomas M. Edwards". 2014 Access Genealogy Developed by Webified Development. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Livingston, John. Livingston's Law Register for. Published at the office of the U.S. law magazine, 1854 - Lawyers. p. 287. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Keene History Committee, Kirk, Ruth Seaver. Upper Ashuelot: a history of Keene New Hampshire (PDF). 1968, 1968 - Keene (N.H.). p. 238. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Aaron H. Cragin
U.S. Representative for the 3rd District of New Hampshire
March 4, 1859–March 3, 1863
Succeeded by
James W. Patterson

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website