Born: October 9, 1853, Albany, New York.
Died: March 16, 1908.
Buried: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York.
Edwin was the son of Edwin T. Bedell and Rachel Anna Phelps, and husband of Caroline Sickles (married 1883). His grandfather raised him after his parents’ death when he was a child.
He graduated with honors from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, in 1873. He then studied law at the Albany Law School and in the office of Peckham and Tremain, and was admitted to the bar in 1874.
He served as assistant to the New York state Attorney General (1884–89), then joined the Reporter’s office as Assistant State Reporter. He became State Reporter in June 1900, a position he held the rest of his life.
As of 1900, he was living in Kinderhook, New York, with his wife and their daughter (also named Caroline).
He was an expert in copyright law, and an accomplished musician. He was a member of the Madison Avenue Reformed Church, and its organist for 32 years.