Edwin P. Felch
Morris Co. Up

Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

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The family name borne by our subject is of English origin, his grandfather, Nathan FELCH, having emigrated from England to the United States probably in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Edwin P. FELCH, an expert electrician of Madison,—his native town, —was born August 22, 1858, and is a son of Benjamin M. and Electa FELCH. The father was born in Connecticut, in 1810, and when twenty-one years of age took up his residence in Madison, where he was engaged in teaching. He was afterward elected superintendent of the schools of Morris county, and also attained to considerable prominence in political life, being chosen by the Democratic party to represent his district in the state legislature in 1857 and 1858. His death occurred in 1889, but his widow, who was born in Madison, is still living and makes her home with her son. She is of English descent, the family having been represented in America since an early day. There were but three children in the family:

  • Edwin P.;
  • Susan M., wife of Samuel MOONEY, and
  • William S., now deceased.

Mr. FELCH, of this review, spent his early life in Madison, acquired education in the public schools, and later went to New York city, where he was employed at various labors, a portion of the time being engaged in steam-fitting. In 1888 he began business in Madison as a real-estate and insurance agent, but is now engaged in electrical work and deals in electrical supplies. He has done at least three-fourths of the work in his line in the town and has become very proficient, for he is a constant student of everything connected with the industry; and his research and investigation, combined with practical experience, have given him an expertness that insures him a very liberal and profitable patronage. He is a member of the National Electric Light Association. In political matters he takes no active part, but, socially, he is a member of the Royal Arcanum.

Mr. FELCH was married October 28, 1885, to Miss Ester M. MC DUGAL. His present wife was Catherine MAXWELL, a daughter of George MAXWELL. Of pleasant, genial manner and sterling worth, he is recognized as a valued citizen and companionable gentleman.

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