Edwards, Thomas O.

Born: 1810-03-29 Williamsburg, Indiana

Died: 1876-02-05 Wheeling, West Virginia

Thomas O. Edwards physician, congressman, and Union military surgeon. After completing preparatory studies, Edwards studied medicine and graduated from the University of Maryland. He moved to Lancaster, Ohio in 1836 and engaged in the practice of medicine. Edwards won election, as a Whig, to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1847 to 1849. He ran an unsuccessful reelection campaign in 1848. Edwards worked as inspector of marine hospitals. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and worked in the drug business. He served as member and president of the city council. Edwards worked as a professor at the Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati. He then moved to Madison, Wisconsin and then to Dubuque, Iowa. Edwards served in the Civil War as a surgeon in the Third Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 986; Gravestone, Mount Wood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.