Edwards, Horace H. (Horace Hall), 1902-

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Born in 1902 in Isle of Wight, Mr. 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. In this period, Edwards became an expect on annexation and taxation.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. Mr. Edwards suffered a stroke in 1985 and was hospitalized several times before his death on 27 January 1987.Additional information on Mr. Edwards can be found in the Pinchbeck Series, Good Government Awards 1959 materials of the Richmond First Club Archives, M238.

From the description of Horace H. Edwards papers, 1941-1977 (James Branch Cabell Library). WorldCat record id: 192139607

Born in 1902 in Isle of Wight, Mr. 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. In this period, Edwards became an expect on annexation and taxation.

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. Mr. Edwards suffered a stroke in 1985 and was hospitalized several times before his death on 27 January 1987.

Additional information on Mr. Edwards can be found in the Pinchbeck Series, Good Government Awards 1959 materials of the Richmond First Club Archives, M238.

From the guide to the Horace H. Edwards Papers, 1941-1977, (Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University)

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creatorOf Horace H. Edwards Papers, 1941-1977 Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
referencedIn Seibel, Fred O. (Fred Otto), 1886-1969. Cartoons depicting Richmond politician and City Manager Horace H. Edwards, 1948-1954. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Edwards, Horace H. (Horace Hall), 1902-. Horace H. Edwards papers, 1941-1977 Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU Libraries
referencedIn Latimer, James Howe, 1913-2000. James H. Latimer papers, 1864-2000 (bulk 1934-2000) Library of Virginia
creatorOf Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Scrapbooks of James Branch Cabell [manuscript], 1886-1958 (bulk 1904-1926). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn James Branch Cabell Collection, 1886-1928 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Collins, Lewis Preston, 1896-1952. Papers of Lewis Preston Collins [manuscript], 1862-1952 (bulk 1918-1952). University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. person
associatedWith Collins, Lewis Preston, 1896-1952. person
associatedWith Latimer, James Howe, 1913-2000. person
associatedWith National Municipal League. corporateBody
associatedWith Seibel, Fred O. (Fred Otto), 1886-1969. person
associatedWith Virginia Municipal League. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Richmond (Va.)
Virginia
Virginia--Richmond
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Lawyers--Archives
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Death 1987

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