Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
EDWARDS, William Jackson (Jack) (1928-2019)

EDWARDS, WILLIAM JACKSON (JACK), a Representative from Alabama; born in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., September 20, 1928; graduated from Shades Cahaba, Homewood, Ala., 1946; attended the United States Naval School (academy and college preparatory) in 1947 and 1948; B.S., University of Alabama, University, Ala., 1952; LL.B., University of Alabama, University, Ala., 1954; United States Marine Corps, 1946-1948 and 1950-1951; admitted to the bar in 1954; lawyer, private practice; instructor in business law, 1954; member of Transportation Advisory Committee to Mobile City Planning Commission, 1960-1963; delegate, Alabama Republican state convention, 1970; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-ninth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1985); not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-ninth Congress in 1984; resumed the practice of law; nominated by President Reagan to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, 1987; was a resident of Point Clear, Ala.; died on September 27, 2019, in Fairhope, Ala.

Auburn University
Auburn, AL
Papers: In Alabama Farm Bureau Federation Records, 1922-1980, approximately 47 cubic feet (1 foot congressional correspondence).
Correspondence between Congressmen and Farm Bureau officials concerning legislation. A finding aid is available in the repository.

University of South Alabama
Archives, Springhill Avenue Campus
Mobile, AL
Papers: 1965-1984, 253 cubic feet.
The collection spans Jack Edwards's twenty-year congressional career and includes congressional office and subject files; constituent correspondence; departmental documents; files related to the operation of his congressional office; appointment books for 1965-1981; and papers related to his district visits. These are supplemented by Republican Party and convention materials as well as speeches, legislation, news releases, voting records, photographs, and audio and video cassettes. Of particular interest are files related to Edwards's Defense Appropriations Subcommittee assignment; his stint as vice chair of the Republican Conference; Vietnam; school busing and desegregation; George Wallace for President campaign; the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and other waterways in the first district; and matters related to the Watergate scandal, including the impeachment proceedings and later pardon of President Nixon. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Audiotape: 1972-1984, approximately 280 hours of audio tape.
The audio tapes are from the Jack Edwards's Talk Show.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Jack Edwards, Republican Representative from Alabama. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.