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Sidney Edgerton

Sidney Edgerton

In office
1864 – 1865
Preceded by (none)
Succeeded by Thomas Francis Meagher

Born August 17, 1818(1818-08-17)
Cazenovia, New York, USA
Died July 19, 1900 (aged 81)
Akron, Ohio, USA
Political party Free Soil, Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Wright Edgerton
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Teacher

Sidney Edgerton (August 17, 1818 – July 19, 1900) was a nineteenth century politician, lawyer, judge and teacher from Ohio.

Life and work

Born in Cazenovia, New York, Sidney Edgerton attended country schools and an academy in Lima, New York where he was later an instructor. He moved to Ohio in 1844 and taught in an academy in Tallmadge, Ohio the same year. He studied law, graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in 1845 and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Akron, Ohio in 1846. He married Mary Wright (1827–1885) on May 18, 1848 with whom he would have nine children.

He was a delegate to the convention that formed the Free Soil Party in 1848, served as prosecuting attorney of Summit County, Ohio from 1852 to 1856 and was a delegate to the first Republican National Convention in 1856. Edgerton was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1858, serving from 1859 to 1863, not being a candidate for renomination in 1862.

Sidney Edgerton

During the Civil War, Edgerton served in the Union Army as colonel of the Squirrel Hunters. He was later appointed a federal judge for the Territory of Idaho in 1863 and served as the first Territorial Governor of Montana from 1864 to 1865.

Afterward, Edgerton returned to Akron, Ohio and continued practicing law until his death there on July 19, 1900. He was interred in Tallmadge Cemetery in Tallmadge, Ohio.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin F. Leiter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district

March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1863
Succeeded by
Rufus P. Spalding
Political offices
Preceded by
(none)
Territorial Governor of Montana
1864 – 1865
Succeeded by
Thomas F. Meagher
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