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John Edwards' Biography

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Full Name:

John Reid Edwards




Wife: Elizabeth; 4 Children: Cate, Emma Claire, Jack, Wade (deceased)

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Seneca, SC

Home City:

Raleigh, NC



JD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1977

BS, North Carolina State University, 1974

Candidate, United States President, 2004, 2008

Senator, United States Senate, 1998-2004

Candidate, United States Vice President, 2004

Partner, Edwards & Kirby, Raleigh, 1993-1998

Partner, Tharrington Smith & Hargrove, 1984-1992

Associate, Tharrington Smith & Hargrove, 1981-1983

Associate, Dearborn & Ewing, Nashville, 1978-1981

Law Clerk, Office of Judge Franklin T. Dupree Jr., United States District Court for the Eastern District, 1977-1978

No organizational membership information on file.

Current Car:

Ford Escape Hybrid, Chyrsler Pacifica Midsize Sports Utility Vehicle, 1994 General Motor Company Truck

Date of Wedding Anniversary:


Father's Name:


Father's Occupation:

Textile Worker

Favorite Book:

The Trial of Socrates, I.F. Stone
Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
The Working Poor, David Shipler

Favorite Food:

Mother's pecan pie

Favorite Movie:

The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Musician:

Bruce Springsteen

Favorite President and Why:

Harry S. Truman. He was plain-spoken, and a champion for regular people.

Favorite Websites:,,,,

First Car:

Plymouth Duster

First Job:

Soda jerk, Tar Heel Drug Company, Robbins, North Carolina

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Basketball, running

Mother's Name:


Mother's Occupation:

Post Office Worker/Owner, Antique Refurnishing Business

Personal Hero and Why:

Terry Sanford, Elizabeth Edwards

Pets (include names):

Golden Retriever and Chocolate Labrador


Home: the Blueprints of our Lives (editor; 2006)
Our Plan for America: Stronger at Home, Respected in the World (with John Kerry; 2004)
Four Trials (2003)