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Edward Watts Saunders

Member From: 1887 - 1900

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  • Birth Date: October 20, 1860 Birth Place:"Bleak Hill", Franklin County, Virginia
  • Death Date: December 16, 1921
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Nancy D. Walker
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  • Education: Bellevue High School (Bedford County); University of Virginia (1882)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Lawyer
  • Bio: Born at “Bleak Hill”, Franklin County, Va., October 20, 1860. Died at ”The Grove”, Rocky Mount, Va., December 16, 1921. Buried in High Street Cemetery, Rocky Mount, Va. Edward W. Saunders of Franklin County was the son of Peter and Elizabeth Lewis (Dabney) Saunders. He was educated by private tutors and at Bellevue High School in Bedford County, He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1882. He was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law in Rocky Mount in 1883. He was a member of the House of Delegates, 1887-1901; judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in 1901, and of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in 1904; member of the U. S. House of Representatives, 1906-20; elected judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, January 16, 1920. He married, December 11, 1886, Nancy D. Walker, daughter of Dr. Thomas L. and Catherine Maria (Dabney) Walker of Lynchburg.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: U.S. House of Representatives (Nov. 6, 1906-Feb. 29, 1920) - originally elected to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Claude A. Swanson
    Speaker of the House of Delegates (1899 - 1900)
    Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court (1901)
    Judge of the Seventh Circuit Court (1904)
    Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court (1920-1921)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1887-1888 Franklin Democrat
1889-1890 Franklin Democrat Privileges and Elections (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Enrolled Bills
Federal Relations and Resolutions
1891-1892 Franklin Democrat Courts of Justice (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1893-1894 Franklin Democrat Courts of Justice (Chair)
Militia and Police
Officers and Offices at the Capitol
1895-1896 Franklin Democrat Courts of Justice (Chair)
Militia and Police
1897-1898 Franklin Democrat Courts of Justice (Chair)
Retrenchment and the Economy
1899-1900 Franklin Democrat Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)

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