Henry W. Edwards

Henry Waggaman Edwards ( * October 1779 in New Haven, Connecticut; † July 22, 1847 ) was an American politician and the ninth Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut. He was a member of the Democratic Party.


Edwards was the son of Pierpont Edwards, who was instrumental for the formation of the Democratic Party in Connecticut. He graduated in 1797 from Princeton University and received a law degree (English law degree) at the Litchfield Law School. He then went after the activity as a lawyer.

Later, Edwards decided to go into politics. He ran as a Democrat in 1818 for a position in the House of Representatives from Connecticut and won. He practiced there, the activity of a Clerk. In 1830 he was re-elected again in the House of Representatives and this time had held the post of speaker. He was also from 1819 to 1823 member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Edwards was there who are beginning to when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He held this post until March 1827. Then he was in 1828 in the Senate of Connecticut operates. In 1832 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, however, it was denied the office by the state legislature.

Edwards was in 1833 elected by the General Assembly to the Governor of Connecticut. He failed in his 1834 re-election attempt, but on the other hand had in 1835, 1836 and 1837 success with it. During his tenure, an education law was passed on discrimination (English discriminatory education law), the railroad industry underwent significant growth and the state conducted in 1835 by a geological exploration.

Edwards lost the 1838 Democratic Party nomination for the office of Governor of Connecticut and retired from public life. Governor Henry W. Edwards was buried in the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven.