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Edwards, Ninian

Edwards, Ninian, 1775–1833, governor of Illinois, b. Maryland. A Kentucky lawyer and jurist, he was appointed (1809) governor of Illinois Territory and served in the formative years until 1818. He served (1818–24) as one of the first U.S. senators from the new state and, despite growing political opposition, was elected governor in 1826.

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