George F. Edmunds

George Franklin Edmunds ( born 1 February 1828 in Richmond, Chittenden County, Vermont, † February 27 1919 in Pasadena, California ) was an American politician ( Republican), who represented the state of Vermont in the U.S. Senate.

George Edmunds attended as a boy, the public schools, but also received private lessons. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1849 and opened a law firm in Burlington. Politically, he was first active in 1854 as a deputy in the House of Representatives of Vermont, where he remained until 1859; while he was three years of the Speaker of the Chamber. He then moved to the state Senate and was its president from 1861 to 1862 pro tempore.

After the death of U.S. Senator Solomon Foot in March 1866 George Edmunds was appointed as his successor. He took the seat from April 3 and kept it after several re- elections until 1 November 1891. During this time he was also a driving force behind the impeachment against President Andrew Johnson in 1868. According to the presidential election in 1876, he was influential member of that Senate committee that the decision in favor of the Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes scored on the scarce and controversial results. 1880 and 1884 he was one each for itself among its party candidates for president. Edmunds was known for his legal and political knowledge as well as his liberal views.

With the Edmunds Act he introduced a bill whose ratification declared polygamy in Utah to a criminal offense. Edmunds also worked at the Sherman Antitrust Act with. From 1883 to 1885 he was president pro tempore of the Senate; between 1885-1891 he stood before as Republican Conference Chairman of the faction of his party. In addition, he served during his time in the Senate, as Chairman of the Pension Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.

1891 came back as Senator George Edmunds to again pursue his legal work in Philadelphia can. Later, he sat down to rest in Pasadena, where he died in 1919. During his lifetime he was honored by the naming of the city of Edmonds, Washington State after him; However, the city's founder wrote his name wrong.