The Resource The collection is filed under Accession 40329

The collection is filed under Accession 40329

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  • Papers, 1928-1961 (bulk 1948-1949), of Horace H. Edwards (1902-1987) of Richmond, Virginia, consisting of two accessions primarily relating to Virginia politics, but including material from his service as Richmond city manager
  • Accession 39254 includes a typescript of a biographical sketch of Edwards from the RICHMOND NEWS LEADER, 12 September 1946; letter, 14 July 1949, from Edwards to Virginia teachers, written during his bid for governor; and a letter, 15 July 1949, from the Committee of Richmond Teachers for Edwards for Governor, pledging their support and listing names of committee members
  • Accession 40329 includes postcards to and from the Edwards family, a memorandum listing expenses incurred during an investigation of the Richmond City Police Department in 1961, publications, Edwards' copy of the Charter of the City of Richmond, the American Junior Red Cross certificate of Edwards' daughter, Mary Ann, and clippings. The clippings relate to Virginia politics, primarily the Byrd Organization's attempts to keep President Truman's name of Virginia's presidential ballot in 1948 and Edwards' campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1949
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Biographical or historical data
Horace Hall Edwards was born in 1902 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Richmond in 1926 with a degree in law. 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. 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.
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The collection is filed under Accession 40329
The collection is filed under Accession 40329
  • The Library of Virginia
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Technical services
  • Wickham, Sommer
Organization method
Organized into the following two series: I. Accession 39254; II. Accession 40329.
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