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Pierpont Edwards
Pierpont Edwards
American, 1750 - 1826
Biography: Pierpont Edwards (8 April 1750 - 5 April 1826) was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was the youngest son of Reverend Jonathan Edwards, the famous New England Calvinist preacher, and Sarah Pierpont. He graduated from Princeton University in 1768, and moved to New Haven, Conn. in 1771 to practive law. He was a member of the General Assembly and represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress. He was named the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut in 1789-1790. He was the founder of the Toleration Party, an offshoot of the Federalist Party. He served as a Judge of the United States District Court in Bridgeport, Conn. He died 5 April 1826 in Bridgeport, Conn. His son, Henry W. Edwards, was Governor of Connecticut for two terms.