Edmunds Act Law and Legal Definition

Edmunds Act (“Act”) of 1882 also known as the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act is a federal statute that declares polygamy a felony. It was signed into law on March 23, 1882. The Act is named after George F. Edmunds of Vermont, a senator. The Act also prohibits bigamous or unlawful cohabitation. The end result of the Act was that it became necessary to prove that the actual marriage has occurred.