John Lupia submitted the following information from his Encyclopedic Dictionary of Numismatic Biographies for this
week's installment of his series. Thanks. As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This
week's subject is Deo Edwards, a collector of U.S. Half Cents. -Editor
Thomas Deo Edwards (1894-1946), was born on April 24, 1894, son of Thomas Edwin Edwards (1864-1940), a farmer, and Izaetta Jane Griffin
Edwards (1868-1935) at Eugene, Oregon. He graduated high school and entered the University of Oregon. In December 1927 he applied for
membership in the A.N.A. and was given Member No. 3258. In public life he dropped his first name "Edward" and went by his middle
name "Deo". In 1926, he was the manager, Hotel Electric, Oregon City, Oregon. In February 1932, he purchased the Tourist Hotel,
524 ½ Main Street, Oregon City, Oregon.
He was a collector specializing in the highest grade U. S. half cents according to his letter dated October 8, 1928 to Henry Chapman,
Letterhead of the Electric Hotel with note sent by Deo Edwards to Henry Chapman, postmarked October 8, 1928, 9 A.M., Oregon City,
"Henry Chapman : Dear Sir : I'm attempting to complete the entire series of U. S. half cents in uncirculated or proof
condition. I have about 25 of the more common (also the 1852 proof). Please mail me a list of all the unc. or proof 1/2 cents you have in
stock. A note from time to time as you acquire new ones in unc or proof condition please advise me. Yours Truly Deo Edwards A.N.A.
Over the years he wrote to Henry Chapman buying half cents. What happened to his collection is unknown. He died of apoplexy on March 7,
1946, at age 51, 10 months and 7 days. He is buried in the U. S. veterans burial grounds, Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Portland,
Multnomah County, Oregon.
Interesting - I don't remember ever reading about Edwards. What became of his collection? Does his name appears in any Half Cent
To read the complete article, see:
THOMAS DEO (https://sites.google.com/site/numismaticmallcom/encyclopedic-dictionary-of-numismatic-biographies/edwards-thomas-deo)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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