EDWARDS, Pierpont (1750-1826)

EDWARDS, PIERPONT, (father of Henry Waggaman Edwards), a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Northampton, Mass., April 8, 1750; was graduated from Princeton College in 1768; studied law; was admitted to the bar and began practice in New Haven, Conn., in 1771; served in the Revolutionary Army; Member of the Continental Congress in 1788; member of the State house of representatives in 1789 and 1790 and served as speaker; appointed United States district judge for the district of Connecticut in 1806; member of the ratification convention in 1788 and of the constitutional convention which framed the constitution of Connecticut in 1818; died in Bridgeport, Conn., April 5, 1826; interment in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Conn.

Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1764-1826, 3.5 linear feet.
These papers include legal and financial documents relating to Pierpont Edwards's business activities and his legal career, most of which was carried on in New Haven. There are also drafts of his political writings and speeches on the Federalist Party, Connecticut's charter government, and other topics. Most of the correspondence concerns Pierpont Edwards's land speculation in Vermont, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and especially Connecticut's Western Reserve in Ohio. A number of the legal documents reflect Pierpont Edwards's activities as a special agent appointed to settle Loyalist claims following the Revolutionary War under the terms of the Jay Treaty.

Papers: In the American Revolutionary War Collection, 1775-1786, 0.25 linear foot.
Subjects covered in the papers include Pierpont Edwards. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Bristol Family Papers, 1769-1877. 16.75 linear feet.
Subjects covered in the papers include Pierpont Edwards. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Microfilm: In the Aaron Burr Papers, 1757-1836, 27 reels.
Subjects covered in the papers include Pierpont Edwards. A published finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Burr Family Papers, 1750-1853, 1 linear foot.
Subjects covered in the papers include Pierpont Edwards. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Chauncey Family Papers, 1675-1928, 8 linear feet.
Subjects covered in the papers include Pierpont Edwards. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the De Forest Family Papers, ca. 1798-1825, 4.5 linear feet.
Subjects covered in the papers include Pierpont Edwards. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Reeve Family Papers, 1766-1813, 0.25 linear foot.
Correspondents include Pierpont Edwards. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Woolsey Family Papers, 1811-1921, 37.75 linear feet.
Subjects covered in the papers include Pierpont Edwards. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.


Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: In the Connecticut Gore Land Company Records, 1631-1814, approximately 650 items.
Correspondents include Pierpont Edwards. A finding aid is available in the repository. The collection is also available on microfilm.


Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1753-1876, 45 items.
The collection consists of 45 letters and documents covering the personal affairs of Pierpont and Ogden Edwards. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1791-1801, 2 items.
Letters of Pierpont Edwards.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1799, 1 item.
A letter from Pierpont Edwards to Joseph Woodbridge written on July 29, 1799.

Papers: 1799, 1 item.
A letter from Pierpont Edwards to an unidentified recipient written on August 28, 1799.

Papers: In the Aaron Burr Papers, 1798, 1 item.
A letter from Aaron Burr to Pierpont Edwards written on May 5, 1798.

Papers: In the Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers, 1789, 1 item.
A letter from Jeremiah Wadsworth to Pierpont Edwards written on May 25, 1789.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1800, 1 item.
A letter from Pierpont Edwards to Ephraim Kirby written on August 7, 1800. Pierpont Edwards introduces Wade Hampton.


University of Virginia
Special Collections Department, Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Jefferson Randolph Kean Papers, 1765-1938, approximately 50 items.
Correspondents include Pierpont Edwards. An annotated list of the collection is available in the repository.