Edward Chester Congdon was born in St. Paul, Minn., March 1, 1885, and is the second in order of birth of the seven children born to Chester Adgate and Clara (Bannister) Congdon. In May, 1892, the family removed to Duluth. He attended the Hill School at Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and graduated there in 1904. He then entered Yale College, where he was graduated in 1908 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. After a European trip he went to work, in October, 1908, in the office of his father, and continued there until the war.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry on November 6, 1916, in the newly authorized Officers Reserve Corps, but on March 1, 1917, the commission expired by reason of the age limitation for that grade. He then, in May, enlisted at the Officers Training Camp at Fort Snelling, where on August 15, 1917, he was commissioned a captain of infantry and ordered to Camp Dodge for active duty and was there assigned to the command of Company D of the Three Hundred and Fifty-second Infantry Regiment. Shortly afterward Captain Congdon entered upon a long period of sickness and was unable to accompany the regiment overseas. He was finally discharged from the service January 23, 1919, while still on sick leave, and has since been giving his attention to his various business interests.
Mr. Congdon married Miss Dorothy House on May 5, 1920.