National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Subject/Title: Edwards, William Sr. Portrait #773
Artist: Unknown
Date Created: before 1825
Owner/Location: Private Collection

Frame Dimensions: 16.25 x 14.5
Image Dimensions: Oval - major axis 9.5 minor axis 7
Materials/Media: oil on hard surface
Date Documented: 10/26/2005
Condition: Good

Description: Oval of an older gentleman facing three-quarter left. His long gray hair is parted on his right side and he is wearing a high-collared shirt and dark coat with standing collar. He has gray sideburns and is looking directly at the viewer.
History of Work:
Notes: William Edwards, Sr. was born in North Carolina July 31, 1752, died Jan. 14, 1828. His tombstone is inscribed, "He was one of the pioneers of this county. Brave and active in the defense against the invading tomahawk and scalping knife of the savage." He was a member of the Sumner County County Commission and was involved in the political life of the region. A family story has it that he was attending a political meeting and dinner in Lebanon, Tennessee, and as an older member, he was asked to carve. A younger man made insulting remarks about Mr. Edwards, so Mr. Edwards threw the carving knife at him and it lodged in the wall above the younger man's ear. That young man was Andrew Jackson.

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