Edwin Hanson WEBSTER, Congress, MD (1829-1893)


WEBSTER, Edwin Hanson, a Representative from Maryland; born near Churchville, Harford County, Md., March 31, 1829; received a classical training; attended the Churchville (Md.) Academy and the New London Academy, Chester County, Pa., and was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1847; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Bel Air, Harford County, Md.; member of the State senate 1855-1859; during the Civil War was colonel of the Seventh Regiment, Maryland Volunteer Infantry, and served in 1862 and 1863; elected as a candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-sixth Congress, as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress and as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses and served from March 4, 1859, until his resignation in July 1865 when he was appointed collector of customs at the port of Baltimore, and served from July 27, 1865, to April 15, 1869; resumed the practice of his profession in Bel Air; was again appointed by President Arthur, on February 17, 1882, and served until February 23, 1886; in 1882 he engaged in banking, which he followed until his death; died in Bel Air, Md., April 24, 1893; interment in Calvary Cemetery, near Churchville, Md.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present