Edward W. Saunders

Edward Watts Saunders ( * October 20, 1860 in Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia; † December 16, 1921 ) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1906 and 1920 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edward Saunders enjoyed a private education and then completed the Bellevue High School in Bedford County. This was followed up in 1882 to study at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After studying law and his 1883 was admitted as a lawyer, he started in Rocky Mount to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1887 and 1901 he was a member of the House of Representatives of Virginia, which he was president from 1899 to 1901. From 1901 to 1906 he acted as a judge in the fourth and seventh judicial district of his state.

Following the resignation of Mr Claude A. Swanson Saunders was at the due election for the fifth seat of Virginia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on November 6, 1906. After six re- elections he could remain until his resignation on February 29, 1920 in Congress. In this time of the First World War fell. In 1913 were the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution ratified.

Saunders ' resignation was after his appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia. A post he held until his death on December 16, 1921 in Rocky Mount, where he was also buried.