John Edwards

John Reid Edwards

  • Born: June 10, 1953, Seneca South Carolina. Father, Wallace Edwards and mother, Bobbie.
  • 1974: Graduated from N.C. State University
  • 1977: Law Degree from UNC – Chapel Hill; Married Elizabeth Anania.
  • For two decades, he was a practicing attorney in N.C. specialized in cases that involved medical malpractice and product injury.
  • 1982: Daughter, Catharine Elizabeth "Cate" born.
  • 1996: Son, Wade was killed in a car accident.
  • 1998: Daughter, Emma Clair born.
  • 1999 – 2005: U.S. Senator from N.C. – Worked on legislation dealing with education, prescription drugs, corporate governance and campaign finance reform.
  • 2000: Son, Jack born.
  • Sep. 2003: Edwards announced his candidacy for president at a ceremony in Robbins.
  • 2004: Lost primaries to John Kerry. Became Democratic Party Vice Presidential nominee – running mate for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. After the failed campaign, Edwards announced his wife, Elizabeth had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • 2004: He sells home in Raleigh, moves to an 102-acre estate near Chapel Hill to accept a two-year appointment at UNC to lead a center studying poverty and economic opportunity.
  • Dec. 28, 2006: Edwards declared his candidacy in the 2008 presidential election.
  • Mar. 2007: Announced that his wife, Elizabeth’s cancer had returned but that he would continue with his presidential bid.
  • Jan. 30, 2008: Officially ended his candidacy and later announced support for Barack Obama.
  • Aug. 8, 2008: Confirmed rumors that he engaged in an extramarital affair with a former campaign staff member, videographer, Rielle Hunter and later confirmed that the couple had a daughter, Frances Quinn together.
  • Dec. 2010: Wife Elizabeth died.
  • Jun 2011: Charged: Four counts of accepting about $900,000 in illegal campaign contributions, one count of conspiracy, and one count of making false statements
    Maximum penalty: If convicted on all counts, up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines
  • Apr. 12, 2012: Trial begins.
  • May 31, 2012: Jury delivers verdict of not guilty on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions in 2008 from heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Engles declares a mistrial on the other five counts after jurors told her they were deadlocked.
Rielle Hunter: Edwards’ mistress
Andrew Young: Former campaign aide. Handled money for Hunter and falsely claimed paternity of Hunter and Edwards’ child.
Fred Baron: deceased Texas attorney and Edwards’ national campaign finance chairman
Lisa Blue: Baron’s widow
Rachel “Bunny” Mellon: 101-year-old socialite, heiress and campaign contributor to Edwards’ campaign; lives in Virginia.
Alex Forger: Ms. Mellon’s attorney.
Wade Smith and Jim Cooney: Edwards’ former defense team
Jennifer Palmieri: Former Edwards press secretary
Eileen Mancera: financial adviser to the Edwards’ campaign
Sources: News & Record Archive, The Associated Press

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