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EDWARDS, John Ellis, clergyman, born in Guilford County, N. C., 1 August 1814. He was graduated at Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, which also conferred upon him the degree of D.D. Dr. Edwards entered the Methodist ministry in 1884, and has been continuously engaged in pastoral work since that time, with the exception of the period occupied by a European tour in 1856. He was stationed for twenty-one years at Richmond, Virginia, and has represented the Virginia conference in the quadrennial sessions of the General conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church south for thirty years. He also was present as a representative of the same body in the Centennial conference held in Baltimore in December 1884. Dr. Edwards is the author of "Travels in Europe" (New York, 1857); "Life of Rev. John Wesley Childs" (Philadelphia, 1851); "The Confederate Soldier" (1868); and "Log Meetinghouse," etc. (Nashville, 1884), and of addresses, tracts, etc.
His son, Landon Brame Edwards, physician, born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, 20 September 1845, was educated at Randolph-Macon College, hi 1863 he enlisted in the artillery corps of the Confederate army, in which he served until the end of the war. He was graduated at the medical department of the University of the City of New York in March 1867, and until October' of that year served as house physician in the Charity hospital, Blackwell's Island, and then as assistant physician to the hospital for nervous diseases at Lake Mahopac, N.Y. In 1868 he began to practice at Lynchburg, Virginia, and was largely instrumental in founding the Medical society of Virginia in 1870, of which he is recording secretary. In 1872 he was made a member of the State board of health, and the same year removed to Richmond. In April 1874, he established the " Virginia Medical Monthly," and about the same time he was appointed lecturer on anatomy in the Virginia medical College, in 1"875 lecturer in the same College on materia medica and therapeutics, and in 1880 on medicolegal jurisprudence. Dr. Edwards is a member of many professional societies, and has contributed frequently to other medical journals besides his own. Among the subjects he has discussed are "Chloral Hydrate in Chronic Gastric Ulcer" and "Strychnia in Tremulous Effects of Tobacco Smoking.
"Another son, William Emory Edwards, clergyman, born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, 10 June 1842, was graduated at Randolph-Macon College in 1862, and has since been a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church south, in the territory of the Virginia conference, and has received the degree of D.D. He is the author of "John Newsom; a Tale of College Life" (Nashville, 1883).
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