Edwards, Pierpont

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Edwards, Pierpont Gender: M
born on 8 April 1750 Jul.Cal. (19 Apr 1750 greg.) at 20:30 (= 8:30 PM )
Place Northampton, Massachusetts, 42n20, 72w39
Timezone LMT m72w39 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 29°49' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 11°24 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 20°46'

Pierpont Edwards


American politician, delegate to the American Continental Congress, United States federal judge, and the founder of the Toleration Party in Connecticut. He was the 11th and youngest child of the Rev. Jonathan Edwards.

Pierpont Edwards graduated from Princeton College in 1768, at the age of 18, and entered private practice of law in New Haven, Connecticut in 1771. He served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and thereafter was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1777, a Delegate from Connecticut to the Continental Congress from 1787 to 1788, and a member of the Connecticut Convention held in January 1788, a convention that ratified the Constitution of the United States. After the treason of Benedict Arnold, he became administrator of that officer's estate. Edwards was again in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1784 to 1785 and from 1787 to 1790. He was in private practice of law in New Haven, Connecticut from 1790 to 1806, also serving in that time as the United States Attorney for Connecticut.

On 21 February 1806, Edwards was nominated by President Thomas Jefferson to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut vacated by Richard Law. Edwards was confirmed by the United States Senate on 24 February 1806, and received his commission the same day, serving thereafter for twenty years, until his death.

He died in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on 14 April 1826, aged 76. Pierpont Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio is named for him.

He was the uncle of Aaron Burr, Theodore Dwight, and Timothy Dwight IV, and father of Henry W. Edwards and John Stark Edwards. He was also the father-in-law of Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin, who married his daughter Henrietta.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Burr, Aaron (born 6 February 1756). Notes: Uncle/ nephew
  • has other family relationship with Whitney, Eli (born 8 December 1765). Notes: Father-in-law / son-in-law


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from family record in family bible transcribed in The Life of President Edwards by Sereno Edwards Dwight (G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1830), p. 762: "My son Pierpont, was born Sabbath night, April 8, 1750, between 8 and 9 o'clock,. and was baptized the Sabbath following.... died at Bridgeport, April 14, 1826, aged 76." NB: This birth date Old Style was indeed a Sunday. Wikipedia incorrectly has 5 April as date of death.


  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (11th of 11)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Continental Army officer)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Founder of the Toleration Party in Connecticut)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office