The Resource Horace Edwards gubernatorial campaign recordings,, (sound recordings)

Horace Edwards gubernatorial campaign recordings,, (sound recordings)

Horace Edwards gubernatorial campaign recordings,, 1949
Horace Edwards gubernatorial campaign recordings,
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The Horace Edwards' 1949 gubernatorial campaign collection consists of 3 CD-Rs created from 15 radio station transcription discs (.53 cu. ft and 1 box) . The recordings include speeches given at election rallies by Edwards and his supporters, news reports about the campaign, as well as two recorded versions of his campaign song. His central campaign platform of state funding for public schools through an increase in the retail sales tax is documented
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Biographical or historical data
  • Born in 1902 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, Horace Edwards began his political career shortly after his graduation from the University of Richmond in 1926 with a degree in law. In 1928 he worked on the presidential campaign of Al Smith. When Smith was defeated, Edwards returned to the practice of law but remained active in politics. In 1933 he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and served three terms. Appointed city attorney in 1938, Edwards held the position for ten years, guiding the city's direct annexation suits against Henrico and Chesterfield Counties.
  • Edwards was elected mayor of Richmond in 1946 and served for two years, resigning to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in the 1949 primary. During his unsuccessful campaign, Edwards spoke of more and better schools and better pay for teachers. In 1954 he accepted the position of Richmond city manager, a capacity in which he served for thirteen years. During his tenure, Richmond began several construction projects. Although Edwards later admitted that he ran his office often without a certain amount of diplomacy, he survived three attempts by the city council factions to oust him and became one of the city's most durable and effective administrators.
  • Following his resignation as city manager in 1967, Edwards was named as special counsel for the city in its annexation suit against Chesterfield County. He also continued his work with the National and Virginia Municipal Leagues and the law firm of Mays, Valentine, Davenport and Moore. Edwards suffered a stroke in 1985 and was hospitalized several times before his death on 27 January 1987.
Cataloging source
Horace Edwards gubernatorial campaign recordings,, (sound recordings)
Duration: 185 min., 47 sec
  • The Library of Virginia
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Configuration of playback channels
Cumulative index finding aids
4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
3 sound discs
Governing access note
For preservation purposes, patrons must use digital access copies
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
  • Reformatted from phonograph transcription discs into digital .wav files in December 2008.
  • Burned onto CD in December 2008 at 24X (3600 KB/sec.)
Other physical details
Specific material designation
sound disc
1.4m. per second (discs)
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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