Edward W. Townsend

Edward Waterman Townsend ( born February 10, 1855 in Cleveland, Ohio, † March 15, 1942 in New York City ) was an American politician. Between 1911 and 1915 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edward Townsend attended both public and private schools in his homeland. In 1875 he moved to San Francisco in California, where he worked in journalism and was literary activities. From the year 1893 he continued these activities continued in New York. Since 1900 he lived in Montclair (New Jersey). Townsend wrote then short stories, plays, short stories and even a treatise on the Constitution of the United States. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1910, Townsend was in the seventh constituency of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Richard W. Parker on March 4, 1911. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1915 two legislative sessions. Since 1913 he represented as the successor of James A. Hamill tenth district of his state. During his time as a congressman of the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified. In 1914, Townsend was not re-elected.

Between 1915 and 1923 he served as postmaster in Montclair. In 1924 he moved back to New York, where he again worked in the newspaper business and as a writer. Townsend was at that time also a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died on March 15, 1942 in New York and was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica.