Benjamin Franklin ("B.F.") Edwards (June 5, 1865 – September 29, 1959) was a banker and a long-time resident of Oakland.

Edwards was born June 5, 1865 in a mining camp in Sierra County to Thomas Edwards and Catherine Jenkins (Edwards), natives of Wales. 2 He was one of at least 6 children.

On March 16, 1893, he married Lorena Jane Barlow (Edwards) (February 8, 1868 – April 22, 1951) in Alameda County. They had at least 7 children: Ruth Catherine Edwards (Jackson); Benjamin Franklin Edwards, Jr.; Thomas Lee Edwards; Lorena Emma Edwards (Meadows); Marian J. Edwards (Woodward); William Arthur Edwards; and Stewart Edwards. The family lived for many years at 106 Ross Circle, built in 1921. 3

Financial Career

In the early 1900s, Edwards was cashier of the Syndicate Bank. "Borax" Smith was president. 5

Beginning in 1917, Edwards was president of the Broadway Bank, and then branch vice-president when the Bank of Italy took over in 1922.

c.1925 he was president of the Pacific Bond & Mortgage Co. 4

He retired from banking in 1926. 1

Links and References

  1. Financier B.F. Edwards Is Dead at 94 Oakland Tribune October 3, 1959
  2. Three Generations Honor Pair Oakland Tribune May 5, 1918
  3. Ben F. Edwards' Nevada Heritage in The Knave, Oakland Tribune December 10, 1972 (p2)
  4. ad Oakland Tribune March 1, 1925
  5. Syndicate Bank Oakland Tribune December 31, 1908