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Alternate meaning: Pierpont Edwards
Edwards Pierrepont


In office
April 26, 1875 – May 21, 1876
Preceded by George H. Williams
Succeeded by Alphonso Taft

Born March 4, 1817(1817-03-04)
North Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Died March 6, 1892 (aged 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Yale University
Profession Lawyer, Politician

Edwards Pierrepont (March 4, 1817 – March 6, 1892) was an American statesman, jurist and lawyer.

Biography

Born in North Haven, Connecticut, he graduated from Yale University and New Haven Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1840 and practiced law in Columbus, Ohio, from 1840 to 1845. He moved to New York and served as judge of the New York Supreme Court from 1857 to 1860.

In 1862, during the American Civil War Pierrepont was made a member of the military commission for the cases of state prisoners in the custody of the federal military authorities. In 1867 he conducted the case for the government against John H. Surratt, indicted as an accomplice in the murder of Lincoln and in 1867 became a member of the New York constitutional convention. From 1869 to 1870 he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Pierrepont Attorney General of the United States on April 26, 1875. He was an active member of the "Committee of Seventy." In May 22, 1876 he became Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to Britain, serving until December 1, 1877. Pierrepont died in New York City two days after his 75th birthday on March 6, 1892, where he had lived after his return from England. He is buried at St. Philip's Cemetery, in Garrison, New York.

References

Legal offices
Preceded by
George H. Williams
United States Attorney General
April 26, 1875–May 21, 1876
Succeeded by
Alphonso Taft
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert C. Schenck
U.S. Minister to Great Britain
1876 – 1877
Succeeded by
John Welsh
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