Ninian Edwards (1775-1833)

Ninian Edwards was born in Maryland and educated in Pennsylvania. In 1795 he removed to Kentucky, where he practiced law and became a member of the State Legislature by the age of twenty-one. In 1809 President James Madison appointed Edwards Governor of the Illinois Territory, and he served in that capacity until its statehood in 1818. In 1816 Edwards began service as one of three commissioners appointed to negotiate treaties with western Indian tribes. After finishing his term as territorial governor, Edwards won election to the United States Senate, and served as a Democrat until 1824, when he became minister to Mexico. In 1826 the people of Illinois returned him to the governor's chair, and he served until 1830. 


Edwards, Ninian W. History of Illinois, from 1778-1833; and Life and Times of Ninian Edwards. Springfield: The Illinois State Journal Company, 1870.