Lua B. Edson

Lua B. Edson, no date.
Lua B. Edson, no date.

Time Period

1910-1940

Subject Categories

Government / Politics

Notable Facts

Served as the first female Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, appointed by Governor John E. Weeks on March 25, 1927.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

01/11/1895

Date of Death

07/001980

Primary Residence

Barre

Religion

Methodist

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Lua B. Edson worked as a secretary and stenographer for Governors Redfield Proctor, Jr. and Franklin S. Billings. She was appointed Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs by Governor John E. Weeks on March 25, 1927. She was reappointed by Governor Stanley C. Wilson on January 8, 1931 and continued in that position until 1934. Her political career appears to have ended in 1934.

Lua B. Edson, the oldest daughter of Charles and Eva Higgs, was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, on January 11, 1895. Her parents had immigrated to the United States from England around 1890. By 1902 the family had moved to Barre, Vermont. Lua's father, Charles, worked as a granite cutter in Barre but apparently died by the time the 1920 U.S. census was conducted.

Lua Edson was educated in the Barre public schools and was a member of the Spaulding High School class of 1912. She married Robert R. Edson, who worked as an assistant cashier for the First National Bank in Montpelier. Sometime between 1935 and 1942, Lua and Robert Edson divorced and Lua moved from Montpelier back to Barre, where she lived until her death in 1980.

Organizations or Movements

  • Rob Morris Chapter 24 Order of Eastern Star and Bright Star Rebekah Lodge No. 18.

Occupations

  • Stenographer
  • secretary

Education

  • High School

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Finding aid for papers Link

Additional Images

Lua B. Edson and other officals surround Gov. Stanley C. Wilson.
Lua B. Edson and other officals surround Gov. Stanley C. Wilson.