- Edmund Wilson, Sr.
Edmund Wilson, Sr. (
December 15, 1863– May 15, 1923) was an American lawyer who served as the Attorney General of New Jerseyfrom 1908 until 1914. He was the father of literary critic Edmund Wilson.
Wilson was born in
Shrewsbury, New Jerseyin 1863 to Thaddeus and Charlotte Ann Wilson. He attended Phillips Exeter Academyand entered Princeton Universityin 1881. [http://books.google.com/books?id=vdgDAAAAYAAJ "Scannell's New Jersey's First Citizens and State Guide"] , Vol. 2 (1919/1920).] At Princeton he edited the student newspaper with his brother John. In his senior year, he led a rebellion against the faculty and was "rusticated" from the university, made to live in Kingston, New Jersey.Dabney, Lewis M. "Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature" (2005) ISBN 978-0374113124] He graduated in 1885 and studied law at Columbia Law School. After attaining his law degree he went into practice in Red Bank, New Jerseyin the office of Henry M. Nevius. He entered into partnership with Nevius in 1898.
In 1903 Wilson was retained by the
United States Attorney General William Henry Moodyas special assistant in Justice Department cases against New Jersey bank officials in violation of the National Banking Act. He served on the State Board of Education, and in June 1907 was appointed to the State Board of Railroad Commissioners.
He resigned from the Railroad Commission when he was appointed
Attorney General of New Jerseyon November 17, 1908by Republican Governor John Franklin Fortafter the resignation of Robert H. McCarter. He was appointed for a full term in 1909 and continued to serve under Fort's Democratic successor, Woodrow Wilson(no relation to Edmund). [http://nj.gov/oag/oag/ag_1908-1914_wilson_bio.htm Official bio] , Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey. Accessed March 30, 2008.]
During Wilson's term as Attorney General, dozens of influential members of the Atlantic County Republican machine were prosecuted for corruption, including longtime Atlantic City boss Louis Kuehnle. The indictments were made using a little-known law providing for grand juries to be drawn by specially appointed "elisors" in order to avoid influence from the Atlantic County sheriff, who was suspected of hand-selecting the grand jury lists. [Paulsson, Martin. [http://books.google.com/books?id=WpF0JkNo14gC "The Social Anxieties of Progressive Reform: Atlantic City, 1854-1920"] (NYU Press, 1994).]
Wilson married Helen Mather Kimball (
April 20, 1865– February 1951) in 1892. Their only child, Edmund Wilson, Jr. (born May 8, 1895in Red Bank), was a noted writer and literary critic. According to biographer Lewis M. Dabney, Edward Jr. was influenced by his father's broad-minded social and political outlook. Dabney writes that Edward Sr., though a lifelong Republican, was "part of a genteel liberal tradition that was disappearing by the time his son was coming of age. He had a wide variety of friends unusual for an upper-middle-class WASP of his time, including blacks and Jews; on occasion he would even bring a Socialist friend home to dinner." Among Edward Sr.'s close friends was Sigmund Eisner(great-grandfather of Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner), with whom he worked to improve the Red Bank school system.
In the spring of 1923, Wilson developed pneumonia in
Talcottville, New Yorkat an unheated stone house long owned by the Kimballs, his wife Helen's family. He died upon his return to Red Bank. [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0A1FFD3C5416738DDDAF0994DD405B838EF1D3 Obituary] . " The New York Times", May 16, 1923. Accessed March 20, 2008.]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Edmund Wilson — (* 8. Mai 1895 in Red Bank, New Jersey; † 12. Juni 1972) war ein US amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Literaturkritiker. Inhaltsverzeichnis … Deutsch Wikipedia
Edmund Wilson — (May 8, 1895 ndash; June 12 1972) was an American writer and literary critic. Most experts considered Wilson the preeminent American literary critic of his day.Early lifeEdmund Wilson was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. His father, Edmund Wilson,… … Wikipedia
Edmund Wilson — Activités Écrivain, journaliste Naissance 8 mai 1895 Décès 12 juin 1972 Edmund Wilson ( … Wikipédia en Français
Edmund Wilson — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Edmund Wilson (8 de mayo de 1895 – 12 de junio de 1972) fue un escritor estadounidense que destacó como crítico literario y como eslavista. Contenido 1 Trayectoria 2 Amistades … Wikipedia Español
Edmund Wilson — noun United States literary critic (1895 1972) • Syn: ↑Wilson • Instance Hypernyms: ↑literary critic … Useful english dictionary
Edmund — or Edmond [ed′mənd] n. 〚OE Eadmund < ead (see EDGAR1) + mund, hand, protection: see MANUAL〛 a masculine name: dim. Ed, Ned * * * (849–870) a … Universalium
Wilson (Familienname) — Wilson ist ein englischer Familienname. Herkunft und Bedeutung Der Name bedeutet Sohn des Wil. Somit handelt es sich um einen patronymisch gebildeten Namen. Verbreitung 1990 war Wilson in den USA der achthäufigste Familienname. Varianten… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Wilson — Wilson, Angus Wilson, Charles Thompson Rees Wilson, Colin Wilson, Colin St. John Wilson, Henry Maitland Wilson, James Harold Wilson, John Wilson, Kenneth … Enciclopedia Universal
WILSON (E.) — Pendant un demi siècle, Wilson a dominé intellectuellement la scène littéraire aux États Unis, interprétant pour ses contemporains les multiples aspects des grands courants artistiques, sociaux et politiques qui ont modifié le visage de… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Wilson, Edmund — born May 8, 1895, Red Bank, N.J., U.S. died June 12, 1972, Talcottville, N.Y. U.S. critic and essayist. He attended Princeton University and initially worked as a reporter and magazine editor. Much of his writing, in which he probed diverse… … Universalium