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Lawyers and Poetry
John Edwards was born at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on December 8, 1836. He entered Miami University, Oxford, Ohio as a student in 1858 and graduated in 1862. As a Miami University student he was elected poet-laureate. After graduating he served as superintendent of schools of Hillsborough, Ohio for two years. He then served as three years as superintendent of schools at Hamilton, Ohio.
Edwards studied law with Robert Christy during his three years at Hamilton, Ohio and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He begin the practice of law in Hillsborough. In 1868 he moved to Maryville, Ohio. and again became superintendent of schools. Edwards was in private practice until 1877, when he became prosecuting attorney of Nodaway county. In 1879, he again took up the practice of law.
Edwards's literary efforts extended to both prose and poetry.
[Source: The Bench and Bar of St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City and Other Missouri Cities 230-232 (St. Louis: H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co., 1884)][See also, Howard L. Conard (ed.), Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri 353-354 (New York: The Southern History Co., 1901)(vol. 2)]