Biography of the Hon. Edwin W. Reynolds
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This gentleman, for many years one of the prominent citizens of the township of Mason, was born in Shoreham, Vt., in November of 1820. He was left an orphan at the tender age of seven years, and his boyhood days were replete with trials and hardships, which no doubt developed many strong points in his character that otherwise might have remained latent. Naturally observing, and possessing a strong analytical mind, he foresaw, when a mere boy, the advantages arising from education. In various ways he earned money sufficient to prepare himself for college, aud in 1846 he graduated with honors from the Western Reserve College at Hudson, Ohio. Having a decided taste for the profession of law, he entered the office of James S. Carpenter, a prominent attorney of Akron, Ohio. After completing.his legal studies, he was admitted to the bar, and shortly after established himself in the practice of his profession in Medina. Ohio. About this time he met his destiny in the person of Miss Charlotte, daughter of Abel Dickinson, of Wadsworth, Ohio, whom he married in June of 1851. He remained in Medina in the practice of law for about four years, when failing health admonished him that a change in his business was necessary, and in 1854 he came to Cass County, and located in Mason Township, where he resided until his decease, which occurred October 15, 1863, and was caused by his being thrown. from a wagon. The ability of Mr. Reynolds was soon recognized by the people of Mason, and he was called upon to take a prominent part in its affairs. In his political convictions he was originally a Whig, and upon the formation of the Republican party he joined its ranks, and although his party in Mason was very largely in the minority, he was elected as Supervisor for many years. In 1860, he received the nomination, and was elected to the representative branch of the Legislature, which position he filled to the satisfaction of his constituents and with credit tohimself. As a citizen, friend and neighbor, Mr. Reynolds was universally esteemed, and in his untimely death Cass County lost one of her most valuable citizens. His widow, now Mrs. D. M. Howell, resides in Penn. Two daughters, Ida and Julia B., live with their mother, while the only son, Kirke W., is a resident of Kansas.


From:
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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