EDMUNDS, George Franklin (1828-1919)
Senate Years of Service: 1866-1891

EDMUNDS, GEORGE FRANKLIN, a Senator from Vermont; born in Richmond, Chittenden County, Vt., February 1, 1828; attended the common schools and was privately tutored; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Burlington, Vt.; member, State house of representatives 1854-1859, serving three years as speaker; member, State senate, serving as its presiding officer in 1861 and 1862; appointed on April 3, 1866, and elected on October 24, 1866, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Solomon Foot; reelected in 1868, 1874, 1880, and 1886 and served from April 3, 1866, until his resignation, effective November 1, 1891; President pro tempore of the Senate (Forty-seventh and Forty-eight Congresses); chairman, Republican Conference (Forty-ninth to Fifty-first Congresses), Committee on Pensions (Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses), Committee on the Judiciary (Forty-second to Forty-fifth Congresses, and Forty-seventh to Fifty-first Congresses), Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-sixth Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Forty-seventh Congress); appointed a member of the Electoral Commission to decide the contests in various States in the presidential election of 1876; resumed the practice of law in Philadelphia, Pa.; subsequently moved to Pasadena, Calif., where he died February 27, 1919; interment in Green Mount Cemetery, Burlington, Vt.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1875. 1 letter.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1883. 1 item.

State University of New York
Buffalo, NY
Papers: Research materials for his dissertation on Edmunds in Selig Adler papers, ca. 1928-1974. Finding aid.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: October 20, 1875. 1 letter. From William Worth Belknap.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT
Papers: 1864-1898. .5 foot. Personal correspondence and photographs. Also miscellaneous items in various collections.

  • Adler, Selig. "The Senatorial Career of George Franklin Edmunds, 1866-1891.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1934.
  • Crockett, Walter H. "George F. Edmunds." Vermonters: A Book of Biographies. Brattleboro: Stephen Daye Press, pp. 91-95.
  • Edmunds, George F. "Presidential Elections.'' American Law Review 12 (October 1877): 1-20.
  • Kuntz, Norbert. "Edmunds' Contrivance: Senator George Edmunds of Vermont and the Electoral Compromise of 1877.'' Vermont History 38 (Autumn 1970): 305-15.
  • Welch, Richard E., Jr. "George Edmunds of Vermont: Republican Half-Breed.'' Vermont History 36 (Spring 1968): 64-73.