Edward I. Edwards was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on December 1, 1863. His education was attained at New York University. He then went on to study law at his brother’;s law firm. Edwards also established a successful business career, with holdings in the banking, railroad, and contracting industries. He first entered politics as the New Jersey comptroller, a position he held from 1911 to 1917. He also served as a member of the New Jersey State Senate from 1918 to 1920. Edwards next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 4, 1919. During his tenure, an urban coalition was initiated; and workmen’;s compensation benefits were improved. After completing his term, Edwards won election to the U.S. Senate, an office he held from 1923 to 1929. Governor Edward I. Edwards passed away on January 26, 1931, and was buried in the New York Cemetery in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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