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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Edwards, Pierrepont, 1750-1826 Jurist; born in Northampton, Mass., April 8, 1750; the youngest son of Jonathan Edwards, Sr.; graduated at the College of New Jersey in 1768. His youth was spent among the Stockbridge Indians, where his father was missionary, and he acquired the language perfectly. He became an eminent lawyer; espoused the cause of the patriots, and fought for liberty in the army of the Revolution. He was a member of the Congress of the Confederation in 1787-88, and in the Connecticut convention warmly advocated the adoption of the national Constitution. He was judge of the United States District Court in Connecticut at the time of his father's death. Mr. Edwards was the founder of the Toleration party in Connecticut, which made him exceedingly unpopular with the Calvinists. He died in Bridgeport, Conn., April 5, 1826.