Lee County Biography


Occupying an enviable position in the front rank of the members of the Dixon bar is Harry Edwards, who since 1902 has engaged in the practice of law in Lee county. He was born in Friend, Nebraska, June 27, 1880, his parents being William H. and Eva A. (LaPorte) Edwards. The father was a merchant at Paw Paw, Illinois, for some time. He is now living retired, enjoying a well earned rest, the fruit of his former toil. He has always been interested in the political situation and has held some local offices, serving as supervisor of Dixon for four years.

It was during his early youth that Harry Edwards was brought to Lee county and in the high school of Dixon he pursued his education until graduated with the class of 1898. He afterward attended Dixon College, where his more specifically literary course was completed and later he entered the University of Wisconsin. where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and located for practice in Dixon, where he has since remained. The same year he was made assistant state's attorney and acceptably served in that capacity until 1908, when he was elected state's attorney and was reelected in 1912. He carefully safeguards the legal interests of the county, and his long connection with the office is proof of both his capability and fidelity.

Mr. Edwards has been a republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and his opinions carry weight in party councils. For two years he served as secretary of the republican countv central committee. He is connected with the Benevolent

Protective Order of Elks and with the Modern Woodmen of the World, and has in those organizations many friends, but his popularity is by no means confined thereto. Wherever he is known his good qualities have gained him high regard and he is an alert, energetic young man, his activities being typical of the times and of the progress which characterizes the age.

Transcribed by Karen Holt History of Lee County 1914 by Frank E. Stevens


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