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EDWARDS, Oliver, third son of Abraham Edwards and Martha Greenfield, was born October 24, 1824. His parents were natives of Baltimore, where they married, removed to Pittsburgh, and subsequently to Harrisburg about 1819. Oliver's education in the schools was limited, but his mind being active and inquiring, he read much and studied at night after the work of the day was over, thus becoming very well self-educated, and developed into a man of considerable attainments. When young he learned the trade of bootmaking with his father; later in life he was selected as a school teacher under the common school system, and proved to be one of the most successful ever employed in the Harrisburg schools, as numbers of young men of the present day can testify.

Mr. Edwards was much afflicted with asthma and unable to do military duty, but in order to render some service during the war he became the agent for the reception and distribution of the Dauphin County Relief Fund for the support of those whose husbands, fathers and sons were in the army. It was a very onerous duty, and he performed it faithfully and well, declining any remuneration whatever for his services. In 1860 he was elected one of the first aldermen of the city of Harrisburg. Upon the election of Gen. A. S. Raumfort as mayor of the city he appointed Mr. Edwards as committing magistrate and chief clerk in the mayor’s office. He was elected to succeed Gen. Raumfort, and was inaugurated mayor of the city in March, 1866. He was subsequently elected an alderman of the Fourth ward in 1872, which position he occupied up until the time of his death, which occurred in Harrisburg on the 13th day of October, 1874. Mr. Edwards was an active man, of quick perception, fine social qualities, and possessed of much useful information. The Rev. George F. Stelling, of the Fourth Street Lutheran church, preached a very able funeral sermon shortly after his death in relation to Mr. Edwards' religious experience. On the 7th of August, 1851, he married Rachel Ann Chandler, daughter of Jonathan Chandler and Mary Griffith. The marriage took place in Harrisburg, where his wife was born, on the 13th of August, 1830, and died therein on the 5th of July, 1865. Two daughters survived the parents, Mary Griffith and Rachel Louisa, married Daniel A. Musser.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 31 Dec 2000

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