Representative Willis Charles Edson View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 3/5/1965
Birth Place: Wilton, IA
Birth County: Cedar
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 38 (1919)
39 (1921)
40 (1923) - 41 (1925)
Home County: Buena Vista
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Willis Charles Edson
Buena Vista County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Willis Charles Edson, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Willis Charles Edson was born September 25, 1874, in Wilton, Illinois, son of Charles and Elizabeth Edson.

Willis Edson was educated in rural schools. He attended Buena Vista College, Iowa State College and the University of Iowa. He received his Doctor of Laws degree in 1901.

On November 11, 1911, he married Ethelyn Bailie of Storm Lake.

Mr. Edson began practicing law in Storm Lake in 1902 after teaching school in Calhoun and Sac counties. He was Buena Vista county attorney from 1908 to 1912. He was also city attorney and mayor of Storm Lake for several years. Mr. Edson served as State Representative in the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, Fortieth, and Fortieth Extra sessions of the General Assembly. He was Speaker of the House in 1925. Willis Edson was Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1936.

Surviving are his widow, Ethelyn; two sons, Robert C. of Storm Lake and James of Omaha; and three daughters, Mrs. Margaret Ayers, Mrs. Max Dillon and Mrs. James Hamilton all of Storm Lake.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-first General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Willis Charles Edson the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this resolution would express its appreciation of his service, and tender its sympathy to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.