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Sen. Ninian Edwards

Former Senator for Illinois

Edwards was a senator from Illinois and was a Republican. He served from 1818 to 1824.

Photo of Sen. Ninian Edwards [R-IL, 1818-1824]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Edwards was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Edwards was one of them.

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