About Paul C. Edmunds
Paul Carrington Edmunds (November 1, 1836 - March 12, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.
Born at "Springwood," the country estate, near Halifax Court House, Virginia, Edmunds studied under a private teacher. He was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1855, and from the law department of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1857. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Jefferson City, Missouri. He returned to Virginia in 1859 and engaged in agricultural pursuits on his farm in Halifax County. He served as first lieutenant, Company A, Montague's battalion, in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He served as member of the Virginia State senate 1881-1888. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884.
Edmunds was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses). He declined to be a candidate for re-nomination in 1894. He died in Houston, Virginia, March 12, 1899. He was interred in St. John's Churchyard, Halifax, Virginia.
Edmunds was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 55.6% of the vote, defeating Republican Patrick H. Caull and Independent Democrat Samuel T. Hopkins.
Edmunds was re-elected with 92.8% of the vote, defeating Republican William J. Shelburne.
Edmunds was re-elected with 58.42% of the vote, defeating Populist Thomas E. Cobbs.