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John Cummins Edwards (June 24, 1804 – October 14, 1888) was the Governor of Missouri from 1844 to 1848. He belonged to the Democratic Party. He was born in Frankfort, Kentucky and died in Stockton, California.

He studied at Black’s College, Kentucky; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and practiced in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. After moving to Jefferson City, Missouri, he was secretary of state of Missouri 1830-1835 and in 1837; district judge of Cole County, Missouri 1832-1837; member of the Missouri House of Representatives in 1836; judge of the Missouri Supreme Court 1837-1839; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); did not seek renomination, having become a candidate for the gubernatorial office;

After serving as Governor of Missouri 1844-1848; he moved to Stockton 1849 and continued the practice of his profession; mayor of Stockton in 1851; engaged in cattle raising, mercantile pursuits, and the real-estate business.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Shurlds
Missouri Secretary of State
1837
Succeeded by
Peter Garland Glover
Preceded by
Meredith M. Marmaduke
Governor of Missouri
1844-1848
Succeeded by
Augstin A. King
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Jameson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's At-large congressional district

1841-1843
Succeeded by
John Jameson
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