John Edwards Biography, Age, Wife and children, Education, Career, Net worth

John Edwards

John Reid Edwards is an American lawyer and former North Carolina representative in the United States Senate. He was the vice-presidential running mate of John Kerry.

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John Edwards Age

He was born on June 10th, 1953, in Seneca, South Carolina in the United States, he is 70 years old.

John Edwards family

His parents were Wallace Reid Edwards and Catharine Juanita.

John Edwards Wife and children

Edwards got married his wife Elizabeth in 1977 who is also a lawyer. They were blessed with four kids.

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John Edwards Education background

John Edward is said to have attended high school where he played football but non to be specific, after high school Edward joined Clemson University for one semester and then transferred to North Carolina State University. He graduated from NCSU in 1974 with high honors of bachelor’s degree in textile technology. He also attained his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

John Edwards Career

After school having pursued law Edwards clerked for the federal judge Franklin Dupree in North Carolina after which he became an associate at the Nashville law firm of Dearborn & Ewing in 1978. He majorly worked on trial work, defending a Nashville bank and other commercial clients.

In 1981 Edward moved to North Carolina and joined Tharrington, Smith & Hargrove Law firm and three years late he was assigned to handle medical malpractice lawsuit which been the tough one to handle. On the way he won $3.7 million verdict on behalf of his client whom a doctor prescribed an overdose of ant I-alcoholism drug to which led to permanent brain and nerve damage, he also handled an Anti-abuse case during alcohol aversion therapy and defended North Carolina newspaper against a libel charge.

He represented a five-year-old child who was born with cerebral palsy as the mother’s doctor did not perform an immediate Caesarean delivery when a fetal monitor indicated that she was distressed where the family won the case and received $4.25 million. He filed other twenty similar lawsuits over years, and achieved verdicts and settlements of more than $60 million to his clients.

In 1993, Edwards decided to start his own law firm in Raleigh which the current Kirby & Holt which he jointly started with a friend, David Kirby which earned him the top plaintiffs’ attorney in North Carolina. Won various cases before joining politics including verdict against a trucking company whose worker had been involved in a fatal accident.


In 2003, during his first presidential campaign, Edward published Four Trials, an autobiographical book focusing on cases from his legal career. In the 1998 during North Carolina Senate elections, Edwards managed to beat incumbent Republican Lauch Faircloth. He decided to leave the senate before completion of his term to concentrate on Democratic presidential candidacy in 2004 which he became the vice-presidential contender John Kerry same year.

Unfortunately, they lost the elections to George W. Bush. He then decided to work full-time at the One America Committee which is a political action committee that he founded in 2001. He was then appointed the director of the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. In 2008, Edwards ran in the primary in hopes of winning a presidential nomination but when he realized that his vote count was down, he decided to drop out and support Barack Obama.

John Edwards Allegations

During the 2008 election campaigns Edward arraigned over six criminal charges by a federal grand jury which were for violating several federal campaign contribution regulations which he later admitted to.

John Edwards Net worth

Being a successful lawyer Edwards net worth, is estimated to be at about $10 million.