Edmunds, a S. E. central county of Dakota, recently formed, and not included in the census of 1870; area, about 900 sq. m. The E. portion is drained by branches of the Dakota or James river. The surface is mostly table land. The greater part of the county is occupied by the Plateau du Coteau du Missouri.
Edmund Clarence Stedman, an American poet, born in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 8,1833. He entered Yale college in 1849, was suspended in 1852, and did not return; but in 1871 the trustees restored him to his class and gave him the degree of A. M. After editing the "Norwich Tribune" and the "Winsted Herald," he settled in New York in 1855, and in 1859 became a writer for the "Tribune." In 1861 -2 he served as an army correspondent for the "World," and in 1863 he was private secretary to Attorney General Bates at Washington. In 1864 he became a stock broker in New York. He has published " Poems, Lyric and Idyllic " (1860); " Alice of Monmouth, an Idyl of the Great War, and other Poems " (1864); "The Blameless Prince, and other Poems" (1869); " Complete Poems" (1873); and "Victorian Poets," a volume of critical studies (1875).
Edmund Dwight, an American merchant, born in Springfield, Mass. Nov. 28, 1780, died in Boston, April 1, 1849. He graduated at Yale college in 1799, and studied law. In 1815 he founded in Boston a mercantile house which afterward built up the manufacturing villages of Chicopee Falls, Cabotville, and Holyoke. He was the first to propose the establishment of normal schools in Massachusetts, to secure which, in 1838, he pledged $10,000 provided the state would appropriate a like sum, which was accepted by the legislature.
Edmund Hamilton Sears, an American clergyman, born in Sandisfield, Mass., in 1810. He graduated at Union college in 1834, and at the Harvard divinity school in 1837. In 1839-'40 he was pastor of the first Unitarian church in Wayland, Mass., and in 1840-'47 in Lancaster, Mass. . In conjunction with the Rev. Rufus Ellis, he edited for several years the "Monthly Religious Magazine," Boston; and in 1865 he became pastor of the Unitarian church in Weston, Mass. He has published "Regeneration" (Boston, 1853; 9th ed., 1873); "Pictures of the Olden Time" (1857); "Athanasia" (1857; 11th ed., enlarged, 1873, with the title "Fore-gleams and Foresplendors of Immortality"); "The Fourth Gospel the Heart of Christ" (1872); and "Sermons and Songs of the Christian Life" (1875). He received the degree of D. D. from Union college in 1871.
Edmund Hoyle, an English writer on games, born in 1672, died in 1769. So generally is his principal work accepted as authority in card playing, that " according to Hoyle " has become a proverb. There have been many editions of his book, among which are " Hoyle's Games, Improved and Enlarged by G. H." (London, 1853); " Hoyle's Games made Familiar" (London, 1855); and "Hoyle's Games, containing the Rules for playing Fashionable Games" (Philadelphia, 1859).