Excerpt from The Methodist Review, Vol. 87: Bimonthly; July-December, 1902
He was born at Norwalk, on fovember 23, 1831, his mother being of English lineage, and his father, a native of this country, of scotch-welsh. His grandfather served during the Revolutionary War and in the \var of 1812. In 1841 his father, John Edwards, having died, Arthur Edwards, then a child of seven years, was taken to Trenton, Mich, and placed under the care of his uncle, for whom the boy was named and by whom he was adopted, and who greatly desired that his nephew should be as well edu cated as his opportunities allowed. This uncle was inter osted in shipping on the great lakes, and it was doubtless through his early association with him that Arthur Edwards yielded to the enthralling fascination of the sea which held him captive to the end of his days. In pursuit of an educa tion young Edwards entered the seminary at Albion, Mich, and after a year matriculated at Ohio Wesleyan University. Here he came into close and vital contact with such men as Edward Thomson, president of the institution, and Fred erick Merrick, Lorenzo D. Mccabe, \villiam G. Williams, and William L. Harris, mighty men in the faculty, the first at the time filling the chair of biblical literature and moral philosophy, the second that of mathematics and mechanical philosophy, the third that of the Greek and Latin languages, and the fourth that of chemistry and natural history.
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