Charles G. Edwards

President of the National Association of REALTORS® - 1925

An office boy at 15, Charles G. Edwards* became president of the Central Savings Bank of New York at 50, one of the city's largest banking institutions. At the time the bank had assets of over $225 million. Mr. Edwards was active in the Savings Banks Association of the State of New York as a member of its real estate and mortgage committee, advertising committee and public relations committee.

In addition to being a partner in the Charles G. Edwards Co., he was a trustee and member of the real estate committee of the Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company, a director of the Continental Insurance Company, president of the Central Zone Property Corporation, the Bretonna Corporation and other companies, director of the Institutional Securities Corporation and member of the Real Estate Bondholders Protective Corporation. When the New York Real Estate Securities Exchange was organized, he was chosen its president.

Also a prominent civic leader, Mr. Edwards served as vice chairman of the Mayor's Committee on Property Improvement, director of the Commerce and Industry Association of New York, and trustee of Roosevelt Hospital.

A past president of the Real Estate Board of New York (1922,1923, and 1924) he specialized for years as a textile Realtor, concentrating on 16 square blocks of property in New York adjacent to the Cotton Exchange. In addition, Mr. Edwards was a trustee of the Urban Land Institute.

Source: Presidents of the National Association of REALTORS®, (Chicago: NAR, 1980).