Ford Joshua Edwards
Ford Joshua Edwards, a Presbyterian minister, was. born in Ogdensburgh August 3, 1825, graduated at Williams College in 1844, and studied theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York. In 1847 he entered the missionary work in Syria, under the auspices of the American Board. His first station was Aleppo. He was afterwards transferred to Beirut, and subsequently to Sidon. Invited by the Turkish Missions Aid Society, be spent some months in England in 1861, advocating the claims of the Syrian Mission. in 1865 he returned to America on account of illness in his family, and labored earnestly in behalf of his mission; but his exertions enfeebled him, and he died of pneumonia at Geneseo, N.Y., April 3, 1866. While in the East he obtained a thorough knowledge of Arabic, and could use it in preaching. He rendered useful service in editing Arabic books for the press, and wrote a book in that language on "Fasting and Prayer." He also used the Turkish language. — Wilson, Presbyterian Historical Almanac, 1867, page 289.